Manchester United have made Jadon Sancho their top target as head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to complete his squad overhaul this summer. However, one sticking point in negotiations was thought to be the fee.
Borussia Dortmund are hoping to make a £92million profit on the winger they bought from Manchester City for £8m three years ago.
Sancho has become one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the world and he is keen on returning to the Premier League.
But the coronavirus pandemic has had a terrible impact on most clubs’ finances which is expected to drive down prices in the next window.
German football expert Raphael Honigstein thinks there is another way in which the Red Devils can get Dortmund to reduce their valuation.
“Dortmund’s business model does include selling players and they didn’t sell anyone last summer, so you’d expect them to make a big deal this summer,” Honigstein told the Evening Standard.
“In all fairness they did expect the Sancho deal to happen this summer, but the question now is – which way is it going to go?
“There’s a view that I’ve seen reflected in some of the media coverage that Dortmund are desperate for cash and will sell, and the prices will come down, and United will be in a position to swoop – but I’m not sure that’s 100 per cent accurate.
“There’s a bigger chance that Dortmund will say: ‘You know what, the market is depressed.’ If you have a lovely house to sell and you can’t sell it this summer, why would you?
“The only thing working in United’s favour is that his contract is running down and they could make the argument that… there’s a discount to be had.”
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However, Sancho still has another two years on his contract with the Bundesliga side.
But if United attempted to hold out to try and get the 20-year-old on a free deal they may encounter another issue.
Honigstein added: “I would expect Dortmund, as they have often done, to find some kind of agreement with the player if that is the case, that they would maybe extend the contract by another year just to protect the value, the way they did with [Christian] Pulisic as well.”
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has recently insisted he is in no rush to sell the star.
He told Sport1: “We have a long-term contract with Jadon Sancho.
“Nothing will change about that now. We are totally relaxed about it.”
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