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Man Utd to ditch other transfer business as club attempts to rescue Sancho deal

Manchester United have put the rest of their transfer business on hold while they try to salvage their move for Jadon Sancho.

United's pursuit of Sancho has hit a wall, with Borussia Dortmund refusing to sell and insisting the England forward will remain with them next season.

Despite their bullish public stance, it is understood Dortmund would be willing to sell Sancho this summer for £100million, a figure United are simply not prepared to meet.

But United are so desperate to land Sancho, their No.1 target this summer, they have put the rest of their transfer business on hold while they try to revive the deal.

As well as wide attacking player Sancho, United are in the market for a new centre-half to partner skipper Harry Maguire and a dynamic central midfielder.

But moves to recruit in other positions have halted, while executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and transfer negotiator Matt Judge try to reach agreement with Dortmund over Sancho.

United will exhaust every avenue in their negotiations for Sancho, before turning their attention to alternative targets and then looking to strengthen in other positions.

Sancho is also coming under pressure from Dortmund to make a public statement on his future, pledging his immediate commitment to the club, who have extended his contract to 2023.

But on Wednesday Sancho broke his silence after playing 45 minutes against Altach in a 6-0 win as the German club started their pre-season in Switzerland.

"I love playing with this lot,” Sancho declared. “It is a special bunch.

“We've got some special young players coming up. I am really happy to share the pitch with them and guide them.

“I was once in their shoes, playing with the seniors. I am happy for them. I joined when I was 17. Some of the lads are the same age.

“I've been there and done that. I can guide them in what’s good and what isn’t. I can hopefully motivate them as well.”

However the 20-year-old wants to make the switch to United and may have to submit a formal transfer request to Dortmund to try to force the move through.

Sancho's Dortmund team-mates have expressed their delight at the club's insistence he is staying, with midfielder Axel Witsel saying: “He stays and we're all happy.

"He’s one of the most important players offensively for our team. It's really good news for us to keep him – at a minimum – one more season.”

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