Manchester United believe a deal can still be struck for Jadon Sancho despite missing Borussia Dortmund’s ‘artificial’ deadline to complete the record-breaking transfer.
The two sides continue to play cat and mouse over a potential British transfer-record deal for Sancho, United so far unwilling to meet the record-breaking €120 million asking price for the England international despite making the winger their number one summer transfer target.
Dortmund have consistently insisted via the media that any deal for the 20-year-old must be agreed by a deadline of August 10, the date which the Bundesliga side jet off for a pre-season camp in Switzerland.
According to the Manchester Evening News, however, Manchester United believe that Dortmund’s ‘artificial’ deadline is ‘meaningless’ given the transfer window remains open until October 5 and believe a deal can still be struck.
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— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) August 10, 2020
The latest developments are, however, likely to raise concerns amongst the club’s fanbase with often-criticised executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward – no stranger to market mishaps – yet to lodge a formal offer for Sancho despite weeks of negotiations between the two sides.
Sancho was pictured in England over the weekend in images which swiftly stirred up a frenzy on social media as fans clamour for any kind of news on the deal, though the winger’s trip was simply to attend a party with UK rappers, Krept and Konan.
The Independent report that ‘there is as little as £10m’ between the two sides in terms of the fee to be paid upfront, with Sancho potentially needing to ‘take matters into his own hands’ and ‘personally push’ for a move.
United supporters will now be hoping that this latest game of chess with the Dortmund hierarchy does not result in United missing out on their top target, with the Red Devils having used the media to send a message that they are willing to walk away from the deal amid Dortmund’s ‘unrealistic valuation’.