Manchester United are reportedly close to agreeing a fee with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho.
The Red Devils upped their bid to €85million (£72.6m) on Wednesday – still €10million short of Dortmund’s valuation – but it is now ‘viewed as virtually certain the transfer will eventually be concluded’, according to BBC Sport.
The Express claim United have offered as much as £77million, with ‘all sides confident an agreement will be reached’, while The Sun report that United are willing to stretch to £80million to get their man.
It now really does look like Sancho will be at Old Trafford next season.
Personal terms based on a five-year deal worth £350,000-a-week have reportedly already been agreed between Sancho and United.
It will mark the end of a long-drawn-out transfer saga for the winger, who has been involved in 109 goals in the last three seasons for Dortmund.
United missed out on signing Sancho 12 months ago, when they were quoted a fee of £110million by Dortmund for Sancho, then tried to reduce it believing the Bundesliga side would eventually sell for a lower price. But they refused to budge.
It’s been a similarly miserly attempt from United this summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team low-balling in an attempt to land Sancho on the cheap, but it appears Dortmund will again stay strong and wait for them to reach their new valuation.
Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City for £10million in the summer of 2017.
City negotiated a 15 per cent sell-on clause as part of the deal and will receive it for the total fee rather than just the profit.
Sancho is currently on international duty with England at Euro 2020 – where he has played just six minutes in the group games – and the Express believe United will be forced to wait until England are out of the competition to get the deal signed off.
United are expected to move on to further transfer targets having sewn up a deal for Sancho.
They’re desperate to land a new centre-back, with Raphael Varane among several options, and are also keen on a right-back to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.