Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are closer than ever to agreeing on a fee for Jadon Sancho, with the player said to have now agreed a five-year deal at Old Trafford.
United's pursuit of Sancho has been the saga of the summer, and though it briefly seemed the two clubs were miles apart on their valuations, it has emerged over the past few weeks that the move now seems likely.
90min learned on Monday that Dortmund have told Sancho to expect an agreement, and now The Guardian report that the player has signed off on an initial five-year deal with United that will see him earn £250,000 per week.
In a situation as complex and saturated as this, it's difficult to take anything at face value, but the information here does seem to be more or less on the money. It squares precisely with what sources told 90min in May, that the player would be handed a long-term deal on a starting salary of £250,000 per week.
His new salary represents a significant increase on what he was earning at Dortmund, even if Bild's claims - that Dortmund have 'secretly' upped his £120,000 weekly wages at some point in the last year - are correct.
The Guardian add that although United and Dortmund haven't yet finalised a transfer fee, the two parties are now very close. United are expected to pay a fixed €100m (£90m) over three years, with another €20m (£18m) to follow in performance-related add-ons - thought to be based on domestic and European club success, as well as individual awards.
It looks as though both sides will be getting what they want. United were always willing to break their transfer record yet not cross the £100m barrier during the pandemic, and they will now be able to say they haven't given the final part of the sum is in performance related add-ons - not fixed fees.
Dortmund, meanwhile, have held out for €120m they were hoping to earn.