Manchester United are close to agreeing personal terms in principle on a five-year contract with Jadon Sancho, as discussions continue at an advanced stage with Borussia Dortmund over the structure of the transfer fee. Dortmund have not moved from their €120m (£108m) valuation of the England international, but seem to be open to accepting less money up front.
Dortmund used similar negotiation tactics when they sold Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona in August 2017.
They wanted €140m up front – but instead settled for €105m plus add-ons.
Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol: “At the moment, all parties are increasingly confident that a deal can be done for Jadon Sancho to become a Manchester United player. Personal terms are close to being agreed in principle, but I don’t think we should read too much into that because United are one of the richest clubs in the world.
“They will have no problem paying what Sancho is asking for, but what is proving a problem is paying what Borussia Dortmund are asking for. Dortmund are well within their rights to ask for as much as possible, and they’re asking for €120m.
“United don’t want to spend that much money on Sancho, especially because they’re the only club in talks to sign him at the moment, so why should they pay over the odds? But Dortmund are sticking to their guns.
“What is happening now are discussions about the structure of the deal. Talk about instalments and down-payments is nothing new, but that is what’s being discussed at the moment. United are trying to be sensible by not spending too much money. “But there is an expectation that the deal is going to be done. If you’re a Manchester United fan, it’s a case of being patient.”