Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund have both been described as ‘optimistic’ about finally agreeing a deal for the summer transfer of England winger Jadon Sancho, who has been a major target of the Old Trafford club for the past two years.
United identified Sancho as their ideal target for the summer of 2020 but were unable to strike a deal last year after refusing to meet Dortmund’s asking price.
The Red Devils also failed to take Dortmund’s self-imposed August deadline seriously enough and eventually found themselves in a situation with an impassable stalemate.
Yet Old Trafford officials never gave up hope of eventually signing Sancho. United have always maintained open lines of communication with his representatives and were impressed by the player’s attitude and maturity throughout the saga.
90min even revealed in January that United were confident the gamble of refusing to meet Dortmund’s asking price last summer will pay off as the price was expected to fall.
As rumours of talks now gather pace – Sancho would prefer his future to be sorted before Euro 2020 – German outlet Sport1 writes that Dortmund have lowered their valuation from the €120m it was last summer to €90m, which equates to £77.3m.
That figure falls right around what United would be willing to pay for Sancho, with 90min reporting last month that they are hoping to agree a deal worth an initial £60m - topped up to £75m in total once add-ons and other bonuses are taken into account.
Anything under £80m would make Sancho the third most expensive signing in United’s history behind Paul Pogba, £89m in 2016, and Harry Maguire, £80m in 2019.
It has long been understood that Sancho is keen to join United, despite his past association with Manchester City, while there is a belief that personal terms were largely agreed last summer.
The important bit now is the transfer fee between the clubs, but Sport1 claims that ‘all parties are optimistic’ and ‘working on a good solution’.