Borussia Dortmund have cut the asking price for Jadon Sancho to under £ 80million, according to reports.
The skillful Englishman was closely linked with a change from Manchester United last summer that never materialized.
United were unwilling to pay their £ 100million price tag and instead offered cheaper alternatives.
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But according to a German source Sport1 (Going through Daily mail), Dortmund have lowered those fees to make a Sancho transfer more likely this summer.
They will now accept offers of between £ 74million and £ 78million for the winger.
That’s a much more realistic royalty for the Red Devils, given how their finances have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It appears that Dortmund have chosen to sell Sancho this year and retain the services of striker Erling Haaland.
Sancho has a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc, allowing him to leave if the asking price is met and the time is right.
The German side know United’s interest in the 21-year-old is unlikely to end anytime soon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring in a right winger to play alongside Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes in attack.
Sancho is his favorite option and could now be brought to Old Trafford as part of a much more workable deal.
Haaland, meanwhile, is expected to stay in Germany for at least a year.
United are joined by Chelsea, Manchester city, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich looking for the Norwegian striker.
It will cost one of these European giants around £ 150million this summer.
Instead, the continent’s heavy hitters can wait until next year when his £ 68million release clause kicks in.
Dortmund will have to look for potential replacements if they allow their two all-star players to leave.
Even with Haaland and Sancho in the squad, they struggle to make the top four.
After 31 games, they are in fifth place, 16 points behind leaders Bayern.
Haaland’s most likely replacement is Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva.
The Portugal international joined AC Milan in September and scored 25 goals in just 29 league appearances.
This places him third in the Bundesliga scorecard, behind Robert Lewandowski and Haaland.