Jadon Sancho’s multi-million dollar move to Manchester United could be OFF, with Old Trafford chiefs reportedly willing to walk away from the deal in search of cheaper options.
So far, most of the leaks from the deal have come from the German press, reporting what is being said on the Dortmund side of the negotiating table.
They have told Manchester United that they will accept nothing less than £109m for Sancho and want the majority of the fee paid up front, so they can purchase a replacement for the winger.
They have also insisted that they want the deal concluded by August 10 and set in a deadline for it to be completed before they leave for their pre-season training camp in Switzerland.
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However, leaks from the United side of the table have been published in numerous reports from the British media, insisting the club would rather look elsewhere than be bullied into a deal they cannot afford.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already said that he expects transfers to be far less than in recent years given the current economic climate where Manchester United have lost an estimated £150m as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Therefore they are unwilling to pay the full amount Dortmund are demanding and are therefore ready to walk away from the negotiating table altogether, with Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman a cheaper alternative they are now considering, according to Sky Sports.
There is also reportedly no agreement on personal terms with Sancho, with United, who are finally on the verge of offloading Alexis Sanchez’s £540,000-a-week wages, unwilling to break their wage structure to land the 20-year-old.
Despite this, the deal is by no means off, with representatives from each club in daily contact with each other given they both want the deal to go through.
It is a similar tactic United tried during the negotiations with Leicester City and Sporting Lisbon with Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes respectively, although they still ended up paying the full amount in the end, just at a much later date.
What does seem sure is that it is unlikely that the deal will now be done by the end of the week as Dortmund demanded, and there is still a long way to go with negotiations.