Manchester United will reportedly face a ‘struggle’ to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho in the summer if they carry on their ‘decline’.
Sancho has started the Bundesliga season with three goals and four assists in six games, as well as two goals for England against Kosovo.
The former Manchester City youngster has long been linked with United, with most reports suggesting that he will be a priority if they return to the Champions League.
Sancho would cost in excess of £100m if United – or any other club in Europe – tried to buy him next summer.
The Red Devils have made the worst start to a Premier League season for 30 years following their 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal on Monday, which means they only have nine points from seven matches.
And Goal reports that those advising Sancho on his next move ‘are aware that the Premier League club’s standing in world football is on the decline’ and they are ‘far from convinced that United are a sensible stepping stone’.
Champions League qualification is essential if the Red Devils want to stand a chance of landing Sancho with United ‘making plans for next summer’.
The report adds, though, that the ‘sticking point for the Red Devils centres around those advising Sancho’.