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Man Utd chief Ed Woodward accused of making ‘fundamental error’ in Jadon Sancho transfer

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has been accused of making a ‘fundamental error’ during negotiations with Borussia Dortmund by reports in Germany. The Red Devils are hoping to bring Jadon Sancho back to the Premier League, three years after he left Manchester City.

Dortmund value their prized winger at £108million and are adamant that they will not drop that price tag.

United have become notorious for playing the long-game when it comes to big-money signings.

Woodward left it late last summer to bring in defender Harry Maguire from Leicester but he was still forced to break the world record fee (£80m).

The United chief used the same stunt in January as he attempted to lower Sporting Lisbon’s price for Bruno Fernandes.

Eventually the Portuguese side accepted an initial £47m fee with up to £21m added on in instalments and bonuses.

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Dortmund have tried to force United into completing a deal early by setting a deadline of August 10.

The Bundesliga side are heading to Switzerland next week for their pre-season training camp and they insist there will be no major exits after that point.

German publication Kicker claim Dortmund believe that Woodward is making a ‘fundamental error’ by thinking their valuation will drop.

Sancho has two years remaining on his current contract and Dortmund are confident his value will remain the same if they were to sell him next year instead.

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Meanwhile, former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara thinks United still need two more signings even if they are able to complete the deal for Sancho.

“It puts them a lot closer [to challenging for the title],” O’Hara told talkSPORT. “I think it puts them right back amongst the elite, you know.

“I think obviously Manchester United are a huge football club anyway but they’ve been way off it.

“Yeah they finished third but everyone was kind of surprised at that in the end.

“But with a signing like Sancho, I think then you’re talking like: ‘Now we’ve got a proper squad here’. I think it would be a brilliant signing.

“I would say it puts them close [to being title contenders]. I think they’re one or two signings off it.”

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