Borussia Dortmund were left unimpressed by Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho while the player felt ‘undervalued’ by their late offers, reports claim.
The Bundesliga outfit feel they were clear in their stance all summer where they clearly set a price of €120million (£109m) for the England international.
They had also set a deadline of August 10 for United to complete any deal.
United proceeded to bid lower than the asking price and after the deadline.
Dortmund feel United showed a lack of basic understanding of their position, according to BBC Sport.
Despite the deadline passing, United continued to hold talks with intermediaries Emeka Obasi and Marco Lichtsteiner, according to the Athletic.
They believe those conversations implied that Sancho was still for sale and offered Dortmund a backchannel to reach an agreement while maintaining their public stance.
However, Dortmund are adamant they did not make any such arrangement with appointed agents, despite United holding lengthy discussions with the pair.
Face-to-face meetings were the norm for Dortmund in previous mega-money sales of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal and Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona.
But they believed there was no need for further discussion once United’s executive vice-chairman failed to match their asking price by their deadline.
At the late stages in the transfer window, Dortmund would only have accepted a ‘crazy’ offer of around £140m-£150m.
United only ever tabled an offer of £80m plus add-ons and Dortmund refused to do business.
Sancho, too, was left frustrated by United’s handling of the deal.
The Athletic claim he felt ‘undervalued’ by the offers and even if they had matched Dortmund’s asking price late in the window he would have questioned why the bid took so long to come in.
He is happy to wait another season before an inevitable big-money move.