Woodward ‘willing to pay’ Sancho price tag as Man Utd play ‘poker’

Joe Williams
Ed Woodward Man Utd
Ed Woodward Man Utd

Man Utd and Dortmund continue to play ‘pure poker’ as they continue to try and strike an agreement over Jadon Sancho, according to reports in Germany.

The Red Devils were keen to sign Sancho last year but had every approach rejected by his current club.

They ultimately decided to wait until this summer when they could perhaps get a better deal and have now reignited transfer talks.

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Man Utd have yet to agree a deal with Dortmund for Sancho but they did recently make their first official bid which was turned down by the Bundesliga outfit.

Sancho has had another brilliant season for the German club, scoring eight goals and providing eleven assists in 26 league outings this campaign.

That has only served to keep his price tag high and recent reports claim that Dortmund want any interested party to pay €95m.

Speculation yesterday saw Liverpool brought back into the picture with the Anfield club apparently willing to strike a deal without add-ons, something that would appeal to Dortmund.

However, German publication Sport Bild (via Sport Witness) now claim that Dortmund have ‘learned’ that Man Utd executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward – who will leave Old Trafford at the end of the year – ‘is willing to pay for the attacking star’.

Although Man Utd are haggling over the price, it is understood that the main sticking points remain around the structure of the payments.

Sport Bild says an ‘agreement is likely’  but that the Red Devils’ initial offer of €78m is still €12m plus €5m in bonuses short of Dortmund’s demands.

It is a game of ‘pure poker’ with Woodward so far refusing to make ‘any attempt to close the gap’ with Dortmund insisting United’s demands to pay the fee over five years is ‘too long’.

The report adds: ‘United would prefer a lower fixed sum and higher additional payments depending on the success situation – but the BVB bosses definitely do not want that’.

However, Dortmund, who finished third in the Bundesliga this season, ‘does not believe that parameters such as an agreement on the comparatively low bonus payment or a shorter payment term could cause the deal to fail’.