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Man Utd insiders hit out at Dortmund as Jadon Sancho transfer tension hits boiling point

Manchester United insiders have hit out at Borussia Dortmund for their ‘unrealistic’ demands as the Jadon Sancho transfer tension hit boiling point. Frustration is massively building-up behind the scenes as the Red Devils threaten to pull out of talks altogether.

Last week there were strong suggestions that the two clubs were close to reaching an agreement over the fee for the player.

Dortmund have taken a firm stance and are demanding £108million – even though the coronavirus pandemic should have seen prices reduced this summer.

United were confident of putting together a package which includes a large down payment followed by a series of instalments and add-ons.

However, there has been little progress since that and the Red Devils are furious with how the Bundesliga club are acting.

An insider hit out at Dortmund’s ‘meaningless’ and ‘artificial’ August 10 deadline, which they want the deal done by.

Lucien Favre’s side jet to Switzerland for their pre-season training camp next week and they told United they want talks concluded by then.

There have been many updates passes to the media in Germany from Dortmund chiefs Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and Fernando Carro.

In contrast, United have tried to keep quiet about how the transfer was developing.

And the United insider told the MEN they are furious with the ‘noise’ coming out of the Westfalenstadion.

Meanwhile, former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has warned United about spending £108m on Sancho.

“When you’re talking about brands like Manchester United, a play like this is as much about a player as it is about the representation of United as a global brand,” Jordan told talkSPORT.

“They are setting blueprints for how they will continue to evolve.

“They have obviously overcome some challenges this season by getting into the Champions League, whether it was a very average Premier League that enabled them to get in or whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really got it together with the signing of [Bruno] Fernandes and they clicked.

“To me, 120m euros for Sancho is a lot of money in any climate.

“I think he has gone over to Germany, done well but there will still be lots of questions asked about his performances.

“At £108m, which is what is being bandied about, there shouldn’t need to be questions, they should be buying the full ticket.

“He is a good player and they will be part of a formidable United team which is beginning to be assembled there.

“When you look at that transaction and you look at Dan James, you think ‘god, they are pole aparts’.”

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