Manchester United are confident of agreeing a fee with Dortmund when and if the club settle personal terms with Jadon Sancho.
The Bundesliga club set a deadline of August 10th for United to sign Sancho and the Germans’ £108m valuation was seen as the main stumbling block for a deal to sign the winger.
However, toclaim that the biggest problem is the personal terms with Sancho and the agent fees for his representatives.
United have spent big in recent years to sign the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku and the club are now unwilling to make the same mistakes by handing out huge wages that prove problematic down the line.
While United are desperate to sign Sancho and believe he is worth the money, they fear that they will encounter problems with other targets and indeed players already at the club if they compromise their budget to sign him.
Despite their public stance, Dortmund have given United permission to speak to Sancho but until now United have been unable to agree personal terms with the winger.
United’s top earner is David De Gea on £375,000-a-week and the rest of the squad will see their salary increase by 25% this season as they regained a place in the Champions League.
It means the club must carefully watch their outgoings, particularly given the financial effects of the pandemic. United lose around £5m with every home game that they play in which spectators are not present.
However, it’s claimed that if United can reach a settlement with Sancho and his representatives, then the club are confident of agreeing a fee with Dortmund.
A fee had previously been considered the biggest problem but United are considered about the overall package of the deal spiralling out of control.
Bournemouth’s David Brooks is being looked at as a cheaper alternative to Sancho but the Cherries want £40m for the 23-year-old.
Brooks is a boyhood United fan and is desperate to stay in the Premier League following the club’s relegation.