Manchester United are edging closer to a stunning record deal to land their No 1 summer target Jadon Sancho.
United are on the verge of finalising personal terms on a contract of at least five years for Borussia Dortmund’s England winger.
Meanwhile, advanced talks between the two clubs over a deal that could reach an eventual £108million, are continuing in the hope of an agreement being struck, potentially within the next week.
Dortmund are refusing to budge from their £108m valuation of brilliant winger Sancho, which would see them make a staggering profit having signed him for £8m from Manchester City in 2017.
The German side were hoping for at least half of that up front, with talks also focused on how the rest of the deal is structured, in terms of guaranteed money, add ons and instalment size and dates, beyond the initial fee.
Dortmund head off to Switzerland for their pre-season training camp next Monday – August 10 – and would prefer the deal done before then.
However, missing that date is not considered a deal breaker and there remains optimism from all sides that a compromise will eventually be reached.
Sancho’s current Dortmund deal which runs until 2022 is worth around £190,000 per week.
He can expect a considerable pay hike to reflect his likely transfer fee and status as one of the most exciting players in world football should negotiations reach their successful conclusion.
A fee of £108m fee would see him become the most expensive player bought by an English club, topping the £89m United paid to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016.
That price tag would beat Gareth Bale’s £86m move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013 also making Sancho the most expensive British player ever.
Meanwhile only four players – PSG’s Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix and Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho – in the history of world football have commanded bigger fees than the one Dortmund are demanding for Sancho.
Sancho joined Dortmund from City a few months after being named the best player of his age by winning the golden player award at the under-17 Euros as he helped England finish runners up in Croatia.
Sancho, who was then part of England under-17s World Cup winning squad, has since gone on to underline his potential during his three years at Dortmund, scoring 34 goals and setting up 43 more in just 99 games, to help him become a full England international and global star.