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Manchester United edge closer to Sancho signing with ‘initial fee’ agreed with Dortmund

Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho has reportedly moved a step closer, with Borussia Dortmund now having agreed on an initial fee of £60 million.

Sancho has emerged as Manchester United‘s primary summer target following another superb season in the Bundesliga, scoring 17 goals and providing a further 16 assists in his 32 league outings this season.

Having joined the German side in 2017, Sancho has developed into one of the most sought after prospects in world football, establishing himself as a regular England international following his Three Lions debut in 2018.

Despite the ongoing pandemic and subsequent economic downturn, Dortmund have so far refused to drop their €120 million (£109m) asking price for the 20-year-old, though according to the Independent, there has now been a breakthrough in the talks between the two clubs.

They claim that ‘Dortmund will accept an initial £60m’ for Sancho, with the rest payable in add ons for what would be a new British transfer record, eclipsing the £89m that United paid to re-sign Paul Pogba back in 2016.

The report does say that ‘talks regarding the deal are still between intermediaries’, with ‘no formal negotiations’ having yet taken place between the two clubs, though ‘the principles of a deal have been set out’.

They add that there is still ‘a distance’ regarding the structure of the additional payments, though Dortmund are keen to avoid a ‘saga’, and would like to have a deal in place by the time their squad returns to group training on August 10.

There were reports in German publication Kicker on Wednesday suggesting that Sancho’s preference was to move to league champions Liverpool, though a big-money approach from the Anfield outfit looks highly unlikely considering their limited financial power this summer, the Reds pulling out of a £50 million deal for Timo Werner earlier this year.

United are reported to be the only club in for Sancho at this time, with Dortmund having already started to look for replacements for the former Man City academy graduate.

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