Manchester United have not given up hope of landing Jadon Sancho but are frustrated by holding and carrying Borussia Dortmund during negotiations, sources told ESPN.
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United remain determined to sign Sancho this summer, despite comments made by Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc on Monday claiming the deal is dead.
Club bosses, including executive vice-president Ed Woodward and chief negotiator Matt Judge, are becoming less and less disappointed with Dortmund’s slow pace of negotiations and demands, including having to work through third-party agent Marco Lichtsteiner.
When asked about Sancho after United’s 1-0 win in the Europa League quarter-finals on Monday, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “I can not comment on the players of other teams. You know that. That I never do. “
Dortmund value Sancho at € 120 million, but United believe the price tag is unrealistic in a market affected by the coronavirus pandemic. There are also concerns at Old Trafford about the agent fee being quoted and the wage demands being made by Sancho representatives.
On Monday – the deadline set by Dortmund to reach an agreement – Sancho traveled with the Bundesliga side for their training season in Switzerland.
Zorc later said the decision to keep Sancho this summer “is final” before Dortmund have revealed an option in the 20-year-old’s contract that binds him to the club until 2023.
“We aim to have Jadon Sancho on our team this season. The decision is final,” said Zorc. “I think this answers all our questions. Last summer, we adjusted Jadon’s salary to keep pace with the development of his performances. So in context, we had already extended his contract until 2023 at that time.”