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Man Utd’s stance on Jadon Sancho after missing Dortmund’s transfer deadline

Manchester United will not give up in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

Borussia Dortmund had publicly set an August 10 ‘deadline’ for a deal to be agreed.

BVB chiefs warned that if the England international was on board their flight to Switzerland for their pre-season training camp, then they would no longer countenance selling Sancho this summer.

Duly, on Monday morning, Sancho was with his Dortmund teammates at the airport for the flight to St Gallen.

But United chiefs will continue to negotiate to land Sancho.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and transfer fixer Matt Judge have long viewed Dortmund’s ‘deadline’ as an artificial attempt to engineer a quick sale at the price the German club wants and have never considered it to be a major obstacle.

As such, negotiations between the two have been stuck, with little movement from either side amid a difference of opinion on price.

BVB chiefs are continuing to look for £105million for Sancho, but United are unwilling to go above £80million in the current financial climate, post-coronavirus.

They believe that is more than fair, for a player who is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No.1 summer target.

But BVB see no reason why they should lower their price for a player who scored 17 times and added 17 assists in the Bundesliga last season – particularly when, in 12 months time, United are unlikely to be the only bidder.

Sancho has two years left on his deal at the Westfalenstadion but Dortmund are ready to hand him an extension and bump up his wages from £5.4million to £9million – propelling him among their top earners – before seeing what happens in the market next season.

However, United remain optimistic that they will be able to get a deal done before the transfer window’s October deadline, particularly with Sancho keen to move to Old Trafford.

Questions remain over how long it will take for a deal to be agreed,what the structure of that deal ultimately looks like and whether Sancho will have to look to force his way out of Germany – the way he forced his Manchester City exit in 2017 – something he has thus far been reluctant to do.

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