Manchester United are in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to The Guardian.
Discussions between the two clubs are still ongoing over the structure of the transfer fee, although it is understood Dortmund will accept less than what they had previously hoped for as part of the deal.
Respected transfer guru Fabrizio Romano revealed Man United want to pay the full fee in instalments with add-ons.
The Italian journalist reports Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are keen to sign him for an initial €100m (£90m) which would break the transfer record for an English player.
While the Red Devils are yet to reach an agreement, it is claimed the German giants could accept a scenario that would see the Old Trafford club pay the figure over the next few seasons for the 11-cap England international, with an additional €20m on-top for performance-related bonuses.
As far as Solskjaer is concerned, Sancho is his top transfer target this summer, as United have been monitoring him for some time.
Negotiations have reportedly intensified in recent weeks as the Bundesliga challengers want to find a resolution as soon as possible in order to look for a suitable replacement in the summer.
Ed Woodward is expected to break the English transfer record for the second time during Solskjaer’s time in charge at the Theatre of Dreams, having signed Harry Maguire from Leicester City for £85m last year.
United qualified for the Champions League after clinching third place in the Premier League table on the final day of the season which has improved their chances of signing Sancho in the summer as this has increased their sizeable transfer kitty. Securing Champions League qualification has also played a key part in persuading the 20-year-old to return to England.
The former Manchester City academy graduate will be expected to compete with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood for a place in the starting lineup.
While there is still some way to go until the transfer window closes in October, Dortmund have set a deadline of August 10 to sort out a deal for Sancho before they start their preparations for next season. The board will have to act quickly as a result if Solskjaer wants to get his man.
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