Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward is only “prepared” to offer £50m for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, according to ESPN.
The Red Devils’ chief is mindful of the impact of the global health crisis on transfer prices and is hesitant about overpaying during the summer transfer window.
However, that figure would be under half of what Dortmund are looking for. Reports in the German media suggest that the Bundesliga side are sticking to their €120m (£108m) asking price, although ESPN suggest it is closer to £80m.
Even so, the huge chasm between the two club’s valuation has reportedly concerned manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who doesn’t want a repeat of the saga that saw United pay £80m for Harry Maguire.
The Norwegian is said to have called on Woodward to make a better opening bid so that negotiations can come to a swift conclusion. Whether the United manager has managed to convince his chief executive, we shall have to wait and see.