Manchester United offered Jadon Sancho a deal worth less than his current contract at Borussia Dortmund in their initial offer.
The Red Devils are desperate to sign the England international this transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the England international a top priority as he looks to partner Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in attack.
However, Dortmund are playing hardball and have demanded at least £108m for the services of Sancho.
It has left United pondering their position, with such a large transfer fee during the current economical climate proving problematic.
But agreeing personal terms with Sancho is a completely different ballpark.
United have had man frustrations during the entire transfer saga, becoming enraged by Dortmund's reluctance to make contact directly at all.
Instead, agents have been utilised to broker the deal – something club chief Ed Woodward wanted to avoid as to stop needlessly raising the cash needed.
But real doubt has arisen over United's attempts to land Sancho after their initial contract offer turned out to be less than his current £190,000-a-week wages, report the Daily Mail.
A second offer was made that was closer to his current salary but last week there was optimism over a breakthrough.
The Daily Mail further report that an agreement is believed to be close over a five-year deal with Sancho happy to not break the club's wage structure.
The real sticking point has always been the transfer fee, with neither club able to come to a compromise.
Sancho has also no intentions of pushing for a transfer away, as others have done at Dortmund such as Ousmane Dembele and Robert Lewandowski.
It means United's only course of action is to pay up the necessary £108m or Dortmund will not even answer their calls.
Woodward knows this summer is their best chance of landing the 20-year-old, with the rest of the superclubs in Europe out of the race due to finances.
Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all interested but are aware that the current financial climate is working against them.
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