Manchester United’s long drawn out pursuit of Jadon Sancho looks to be edging closer with reliable sources in Germany describing the move as in ‘the home stretch’.
The Red Devils were heavily linked with the Borussia Dortmund winger last summer, and despite the newspaper headlines being dominated by United’s chase and wait for the price to drop, they ultimately realised that the Bundesliga club weren’t budging on their €120 million (£108m) valuation.
United were unwilling to fork out a British record transfer fee, especially in the midst of the pandemic, and came nowhere near Dortmund’s asking price, though have rekindled their interest 12 months down the line as they look to solve a long-standing issue on the right side of attack.
The Old Trafford outfit saw an opening offer of just over £65 million turned down last week, though have since returned with an improved bid of £75m plus add ons as they look to wrap up a deal.
According to well-placed German outlet Bild, Dortmund are expecting to receive €90m (£77m), and are already making plans on how to reinvest it into the squad, describing the talks over Sancho as being in ‘the home stretch’.
They say that Dortmund are keen to sign PSV talent Donyell Malen, though are keen not to pay more than €27m for the 22-year-old Dutchman.
It has been suggested that a deal will not be announced until England’s involvement in the Euro’s has come to an end, although let’s be honest, if the last 16 tie with Germany goes to penalties, that could be as early as Tuesday.
It does however seem as though one of football’s long drawn out sagas is finally drawing to a conclusion.