Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho was absent from training on Thursday amid ongoing speculation over a move to Manchester United.
The 20-year-old is keen on a move to Old Trafford but his hopes of completing a transfer are fading, with the transfer window set to close on Monday.
United have agreed personal terms with Sancho but agreeing a fee with Dortmund has proven far more difficult as the Bundesliga giants are seeking £108million for the midfielder.
Sancho was left out of Dortmund’s squad to face Bayern Munich in the DFB Super Cup on Wednedsay, claiming on Tuesday that Sancho was suffering with a ‘respiratory problem’.
Though reports claim Sancho was not ill and merely trying to force through a move to Old Trafford, it would appear that there’s been little progress on either front as the midfielder was once against absent from training on Thursday, according to Sky Sports.
United have explored a deal for Barcelona winger Ousmane Demeble and the Frenchman is minded to move to Old Trafford, particularly if it’s on a one-year loan deal.
But Sancho remains United’s priority, as the club have been tracking him for 18 months.
United are aware that the interest in Sancho will be far greater next summer if they fail to land him before Monday and the club are doing all they can to talk Dortmund down from their asking price.
Alex Telles hopes to complete a move to the club in the next 72 hours but there remains a distance between United’s £12m bid and Porto’s £18m asking price.