Manchester United are all out to acquire the services of English winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
The transfer has dragged more than expected with the clubs said to be in constant negotiations but no one really knows what has taken place in the last few days with United having only secured one signing in Donny van de Beek from Ajax in the current window.
The saga now has been dissected by Melissa Reddy, senior football correspondent for The Independent, who claims that Sancho’s transfer hinges on how much United are willing to pay to sign him this summer.
“It feels Dortmund are comfortable he will be staying. But this just feels like a case of money. If Manchester United are willing to pay what Dortmund value Sancho as he becomes a United player.
“We know there has been a tendency in the past for United to play the long game, haggle over money, and eventually pay what the club want anyway. We saw that with Harry Maguire and Fernandes.
“But, with that, you are starving the player of the chance to come in earlier and adapt to the team, and form chemistry, understand the culture of the club, and if that happens again, I don’t think supporters will appreciate that, to let so long pass before paying what they wanted anyway.
“Sancho is an incredible player, and not just because of his profile, his attributes — his intelligence and technique — he has it all,” Reddy told Sky Sports.
Sancho scored 17 goals and made 16 assists in 32 Bundesliga games for Dortmund last season.