Manchester United ‘eyeing up move for Barcelona flop Ousmane Dembele’ as alternative to Jadon Sancho after Borussia Dortmund tell Old Trafford chiefs they have missed chance to sign England star
- Man United are eyeing up Ousmane Dembele as an alternative for Jadon Sancho
- On Monday, Borussia Dortmund said their star asset is not for sale regardless
- Dortmund are holding out for £108m for the 20-year-old England international
- Should they fail to agree on a move for Sancho, United will move for Dembele
Manchester United are lining up a move for Barcelona flop Ousmane Dembele should they fail to sign Jadon Sancho this summer, according to reports.
United’s £108million pursuit of the England star appeared all but over after the Bundesliga giants insisted Sancho will play for them next season.
Dortmund had set a deadline of Monday for United to reach an agreement with them, but the club’s chief Michael Zorc insisted United have no chance of signing Sancho now after he jetted off with his team-mates to Switzerland for a pre-season training camp.
Man United will make a move for Ousmane Dembele (pictured) if they fail to sign Jadon Sancho
Borussia Dortmund want £108million for Sancho – a price deemed excessive by United chiefs
Sancho is reportedly keen on a move to Old Trafford but United chiefs will turn their attention to Dembele should they fail to agree on a deal for the 20-year-old, according to ESPN.
ESPN are reporting that United have held ‘informal talks’ with Barcelona over a move for the French winger, who has two years left on his current deal.
The 23-year-old has endured a disappointing three years at the Nou Campa and has not played a competitive match since November after undergoing surgery on his hamstring in February.
United are reportedly wanting to take the former Dortmund star on an initial season-long loan with an obligation to buy, though no official approach has been made, the report claims.
Sancho is top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s (pictured) transfer wishlist ahead of the new season
Dembele, who cost the Catalan giants a whopping £136million in 2017, would still need to convince the club to allow him to leave for the Premier League.
However, United remain intent on pursuing a deal for Sancho but have become increasingly frustrated at the slow pace of discussions and Dortmund’s insistence on using intermediaries to negotiate the deal.
Dortmund’s valuation of the England winger continues to be a stumbling block along with the players’ wages and his agent’s fees.
Dortmund wanted the situation resolved ahead of the start of their pre-season tour so they could plan ahead for the new campaign but United refused to be rushed into reaching an agreement.
Dortmund’s deadline was considered an artificial one and a deal could still be struck at a later date.
However United will turn their attention to Dembele, who has been out injured since November
The two clubs have been in talks but at odds over the fee and structure of a proposed deal with Dortmund’s demand for £108m deemed excessive by United in the current climate, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said: ‘We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season, the decision is final. I think that answers all our questions.’
Sportsmail understands that the personal terms United are discussing with Sancho’s camp would not break a United wage structure that, following the departure of Alexis Sanchez, is now topped by £375,000-per-week David De Gea and Paul Pogba who is paid £290,000-per-week.
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