Jadon Sancho happens to be the Manchester United’s top transfer target with the club still in negotiations with the player’s representatives, Dharmesh Sheth tells The Transfer Show.
United are not giving up on trying to sign Sancho – who Borussia Dortmund value at £108m – despite sporting director Michael Zorc saying that the 20-year-old winger will not be sold in this window and “the decision is final”.
“If you take what Borussia Dortmund are saying on face value – there is no deal. They set their own deadline and have said he’s staying. That’s the end, that’s final,” Sky Sports News reporter Sheth said.
“I don’t think Man United feel that it is final. They are still negotiating with Sancho’s representatives about personal terms and agent fees.
“Once they have done that, they will go to Dortmund with a bid and hopefully see him agitate for a move to United.
“As far as Man United are concerned, he remains the No 1 target – they do want to bring Jadon Sancho to the club – I don’t think that it is completely dead.”
United’s chances of convincing Sancho to come to Old Trafford will have been enhanced by them qualifying for the Champions League, but they also see the German club’s €120m (£108m) valuation for the player under the current coronavirus conditions as “unrealistic” for a player who Dortmund themselves signed for £7.2m three years ago.
The club are also unwilling to break their wage structure for the England international following the unsuccessful transfer of Alexis Sanchez.
United have completed big-money moves for Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes in the last two transfer windows but feel the environment for deals has shifted since the coronavirus pandemic – with fees reflecting the tough financial conditions.