Borussia Dortmund feel as though Manchester United’s new transfer bid for Jadon Sancho is ‘something to work with’, it has been claimed.
The Red Devils have tabled a £75million bid for the England international. And though a deal is nearing completion, much negotiating is still needed.
And they’ve made a fresh bid today, lodging an offer in the region of £75million to finally bring the England international to Old Trafford.
So determined is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to land the 21-year-old he’s ordered the club get a deal done, instead of focusing on potential alternatives.
But, while that’s the case, Dortmund seem to be unwilling to accept at the current moment in time.
When asked whether the bid would be accepted, BBC Sport journalist Constantin Eckner has claimed Dortmund feel it’s ‘something to work with’.
“The narratives differ depending on who you ask,” he said on Twitter.
“Dortmund: We have received our first bid. That is something to work with, although it doesn’t quite fulfil our demands.”
In a separate tweet, Eckner then aded: “We made our first offer over a week ago and tried to get it over the line before the Euros. We have improved the offer with a slightly higher guaranteed fee and more achievable add-ons. The total sum is slightly below €90m.”
Add-ons mean United are willing to spend big on Sancho, making him one of their costliest signings of all time.
Should all conditions be met the overall package would be closer to £81.5m – making him the club’s second most-expensive recruit.
The fee is still less than the £89m United forked out on Paul Pogba back in the summer transfer window of 2016, a deal that saw him become the world’s most expensive footballer.
But it would be more than the £80m they agreed to pay Leicester upon snapping up Harry Maguire two years ago.
United have never spent more than £150m in a single transfer window under the Glazers but recent comments made by co-owner Joel Glazer suggest they’re ready to back Solskjaer this summer.
“Our goal is to win every competition we compete in, and we will continue to invest in our Academy and in the transfer market to support the manager in an effort to meet the club’s goals,” he said.
“As a club we have devoted a lot of time and resources over the last several years updating and further developing our vast global scouting network to adapt to the modern football environment.
“This is a project that should provide a foundation for long-term success in the years to come.
“In addition, as you all know, we have also been focused on growing and developing our women’s team in line with the traditions and values of the club, and we are committed to continuing that process.”
Solskjaer, meanwhile, was up front about United’s need to strengthen when speaking in the aftermath of their disappointing Europa League final defeat to Villarreal last month.
Instead of trying to paper over the cracks, he instead made it clear further signings were essential for his side to evolve.
“I’ve been delighted with the effort, the desire, the determination of all of the players, I can’t fault them at all,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve probably done as well as anyone could imagine.
“We are here now, we need to do better, we need to work better, work harder, cleverer. But as I said two or three players to strengthen the starting XI and the squad all together is important for us to go even further.
“Because I’m sure our contenders or challengers will also want to improve and we want to improve as much as we can.”
Sancho isn’t United’s only target for the summer window.
Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos have been linked as defensive targets, while speculation over Jack Grealish, Declan Rice, Kieran Trippier and Cristiano Ronaldo remains ongoing.
Manchester United given 21-years old transfer deadline.
Borussia Dortmund have reportedly set Manchester United a deadline for any deal to take place involving Jadon Sancho.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the 21-year-old for a second summer transfer window in a row, with the latest reports claiming that they have returned with an improved offer after seeing their initial approach turned down.
Man United officials are understood to be confident of bringing Sancho to the club this summer, despite Dortmund so far refusing to budge from their asking price of more than £80m.
Personal terms and a five-year contract are thought to have already been agreed, but German outlet Ruhr Nachrichten reports that Dortmund have now set Man United a deadline of the middle of July to come to terms over a transfer fee.
BVB employed similar tactics in last year’s negotiations, with Man United ultimately missing the deadline they set out on that occasion and subsequently missing out on the player.