Manchester United have reportedly reached a ‘breakthrough’ in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho, though a deal still remains some way off for the Borussia Dortmund star.
Sancho has emerged as the club’s number one transfer target for the summer window but despite months of speculation surrounding a potential move to Old Trafford, there has been little sign of a deal edging closer in what would likely prove a British transfer-record move.
Talks between the player’s representatives and United had seemingly reached an impasse over Sancho’s wage demands with the Red Devils unwilling to break their pay structure for the England international, though several UK outlets, including the Telegraph and BBC, are reporting of a breakthrough in discussions to move a potential deal closer.
Whilst news of a breakthrough regarding personal terms is a positive step towards the deal, United must still agree a deal with Dortmund, whose valuation – believed to be £108m – has repeatedly been described as ‘unrealistic’ in the current climate by the Premier League side.
United do, however, have a proven track record of refusing to pay the asking price for transfer targets, only to relent and meet the valuation as the transfer deadline edges closer, including in their world-record pursuit of Harry Maguire last summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s protracted pursuit of Sancho has proven a source of frustration for the club’s fanbase, who have seen their side make just one addition so far this summer, the £40m capture of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.
The new Premier League season will begin this weekend, though United have been handed a delayed start following their exploits in last season’s Europa League and begin their campaign with a home clash against Crystal Palace on September 19.
Solskjaer’s squad will return to first-team training this week and the club still have time to conclude a deal for Sancho with the window remaining open until October 5, whilst the winger should arrive in peak condition having completed a full pre-season with Dortmund.