express: Manchester United reportedly had a £125million (€140m) bid for Jadon Sancho rejected by Borussia Dortmund in February as they looked to get a deal wrapped up prior to the summer transfer window.
Spanish newspaper AS claim the Red Devils wanted to beat the competition to the England international and made an early move.
However, Dortmund apparently played hardball and tried to squeeze more money out of the Premier League side.
The coronavirus outbreak has since seen all Premier League football suspended for three months and the revenue streams hit hard.
It is unlikely that United will be able to put that sort of cash back on the table at the end of the season.
Chief executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward now faces a big dilemma over how to bring his top transfer target to Old Trafford.
AS add that Real Madrid are interested in capturing the 20-year-old but they cannot make a move until 2021.
Woodward will either have to take a risk in spending the majority of United’s available funds on Sancho at the end of the campaign.
That may leave him with very little change left over and would likely end the pursuit of Birmingham’s wonderkid Jude Bellingham and Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish.
The other option could be to invest in various areas of the squad and return for Sancho next year.
But with Real also in the running the price tag could be inflated further as a transfer battle ensues.
Meanwhile, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc claims he is not under any pressure to sell Sancho.
He said: “No decision has been made. But you don’t have to be a prophet to know he won’t play here for another five years.
“He has taken this positive development [at Dortmund]. I doubt that would have been possible with top English clubs.
“He’s an instinctive footballer, a street footballer, he’s always a footballer, but he’s always setting new limits. He does not sit back satisfied.
“He wants to play football successfully and beautifully. That alone is his motivation.”
Source: Published by express