Manchester United are clinging onto hope that they can still sign Jadon Sancho this summer and are continuing to talk to the England international’s representatives.
United headed into the summer window with Sancho as their priority target under the instruction of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Borussia Dortmund played hardball with the Red Devils and are refusing to sell the winger because their August 10 deadline was not met.
The Bundesliga side demanded £108million and wanted it paid before their squad returned for pre-season training.
But United refused to be bullied and took matters into their own hands by continuing negotiations without Dortmund.
Sky Sports transfer expert Dharmesh Sheth claims the deal is still alive as United are working on ironing out two issues with the player.
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Sancho’s enormous wage demands, along with his agent’s high fee, are proving difficult to meet.
But if the two parties can come to an agreement then the 20-year-old has been tipped to push for the transfer to be complete – and that could force Dortmund’s hand.
“If you take what Borussia Dortmund are saying, there is no deal,” Sheth said.
“Jadon Sancho, if a bid of £108m has not come in then he is staying at Dortmund next season, that is final.
“But I don’t think Man Utd feel that is final. They are still negotiating with Sancho’s representatives to try and sort out agent fees and personal terms.
“Once they have done that, it’s then that they will go to Borussia Dortmund with a bid.
“Then hopefully they will see Jadon Sancho agitate for a move.”
“As things stand he remains their number one target and they do want to take him to the club.”
Dortmund have a history of letting players leave should they want to.
Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both forced their ways out of the club, albeit they did so by going on strike.
There is no sign yet that Sancho will take a similar stance but if personal terms are agreed he may change his mind.
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