Manchester United ultimately pulled the plug on a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho because the deal was set to cost them well over £200m in total.
The Red Devils spent much of the summer transfer window pursuing the 20-year-old but never really got close to completing a deal before Monday night’s deadline passed.
Dortmund never wished to sell the player, but were willing to do so at the right price, which was set at £108m.
This sum is eye-watering enough, but when Sancho’s wages, the fees for his agent Emeka Obasi and a string of other costs were factored in, United calculated the true cost of the transfer at around £227m, according to the Guardian.
Given the financial instability created by the coronavirus crisis, with United planning for no fans to return to Old Trafford before March, they decided it was not justifiable to spend so much on a player.
United did make an offer for the England international, but it is believed to only have been worth around £80m plus add-ons and it also came in after the deadline set by Dortmund of 10 August.
The German club was not impressed with United’s attempts to do business and the Premier League side could not muster the funds to complete a deal.
Alex Telles was signed from Porto for £13.5m, Edinson Cavani on a free transfer, although well over £10m will have been paid in a signing on fee and to his agent, while Facundo Pellistri arrived from Penarol for £10m.
The books were slightly balanced by Chris Smalling moving to Roma for £13.6m.