Manchester United are close to agreeing personal terms in principle on a five-year contract with Jadon Sancho, as discussions continue at an advanced stage with Borussia Dortmund over the structure of the transfer fee.
Dortmund have not moved from their €120m (£108m) valuation of the England international, but seem to be open to accepting less money up front.
Ideally, the Bundesliga side would want an initial €100m (£90m) to fund a replacement for the 20-year-old – though it is very unlikely they would spend that amount of money on a new signing, hence the softening of the stance on Sancho’s initial fee.
Dortmund used similar negotiation tactics when they sold Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona in August 2017.
They wanted €140m up front – but instead settled for €105m plus add-ons.
Sancho registered 17 goals and 17 assists across 32 Bundesliga games last season.
Should the club fail in their attempts to prise Sancho away from Dortmund, Manchester United could sign Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman on loan.