The transfer of Manchester United summer target Jadon Sancho from German side Borussia Dortmund looks increasingly less likely to happen as Dortmund remain firm in their £128m valuation.
According to The Times, Dortmund will not allow Sancho to depart for anything than a fee well over £100m and are not prepared to accept an offer which includes add ons as a way of compensating the eye-watering up front fee.
With Champions League qualification still very much in the balance for United, financial uncertainty is still very much an issue when trying to negotiate a possible transfer of Sancho to Old Trafford.
Should the Reds fail in their pursuit of Champions League football next season the club will be forced to repay as much as £25.5m to sponsors ADIDAS as part of their 10-year contract.
As the Reds seek to avoid even further financial implications after enduring an unprecedented campaign due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the club will be concerned that should they fail in their pursuit for number-one target Sancho rival clubs could enter into the race.
With every passing day in this long-standing transfer saga, it is looking less and less likely Sancho will be a United player next season as Dortmund appear keen to retain their winger’s services for at least one more season.
Speaking to German outlet Waz, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: “Jadon has a valid contract with us and we would be very happy if he is still with us next season.
“To think about anything else at all, the timing would have to be right, and secondly, our price expectations would have to be met 100%.”