Manchester United target Jadon Sancho may prolong his Borussia Dortmund stay by another six months as he looks to take control of his future.
The 19-year-old has expressed his desire to quit the Bundesliga club and a host of Premier League clubs have been linked with his signautre.
United are long-term admirers of the Englishman while Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City could look to dent the Red Devils' hopes.
But rather than leave in the summer Sancho may look to stay at Dortmund until January 2021 which would attract more clubs, reports Ruhr Nachrichten.
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Should he move in the summer it is expected he would cost north of £100m, but his valuation would drop if his contract were six months closer to expiring.
United are looking to add young homegrown talent which has led to their interest in the likes of Sancho, James Maddison and Jack Grealish.
The teenager sensation has scored 16 times this term – his most fruitful season to date – having bagged 13 in his breakthrough season last year.
Sancho left the blue half of Manchester almost three-years-ago but has had a swift rise and is considered among the hottest properties in football.
"It hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to work for this," Sancho previously told The Guardian.
"Everyone around me is keeping me grounded and keeping me focused.
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"I’m improving every day and Marco Reus, Mario Götze and Axel Witsel are great role models to me and everyone else in the team.
"It’s really nice to have them around telling me what to do, and what’s not good, helping me solve things I wouldn’t solve by myself, so I’m happy."
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