Manchester United have been linked with two players more than most in recent months. But the Mirror claims a move for Jadon Sancho could be delayed for 12 months.
With football finances taking a battering after the sport’s postponement, the prospect of any club spending close to £100m on a single player is unlikely. While United have the finances to sign Sancho if it is now or never, a delay may not be the end of the world.
While the England international is exactly what United need to complete their attack, putting Sancho on the back-burner could increase their chances of signing the other oft-linked star.
Jude Bellingham is a £30million target for United (the Sun). And, if Sancho remains at Borussia Dortmund next season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward can focus solely on the teenage sensation.
Bellingham may only be 16 but his talent is undeniable and he looks destined to be one of the best midfielders of his generation. His price-tag means United would not struggle, even in the current climate.
The question is, after visiting Carrington and talking with Sir Alex Ferguson, can the youngster be convinced that United is the right move.
If Woodward gets caught up in negotiations for Sancho, Bellingham could easily be shunted to the side. After all, transfers for the likes of Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes dragged on for weeks.
It would be a blow if Sancho is not wearing United red next season. Yet the silver lining could be a charm offensive and complete focus on ensuring Bellingham is.