A new report from German newspaper BILD says Manchester United have a new plan to convince Borussia Dortmund to sell Jadon Sancho.
The report says United want to stagger the payments, which will reach 120 million Euros (£108 million) in total.
It is claimed United want to pay £63 million (70m Euros) this summer, a further £27 million (30m Euros) in 2021, and the final £18 million (20m Euros) in 2022.
Importantly, Dortmund are said to be open to this proposal, so long as they get their total figure of £108 million.
It’s getting closer
We have always maintained this transfer will get done eventually, and that it is in the interests of both clubs and the player to agree it sooner rather than later.
This is far from done yet, but this report feels like it could be significant.
Financially this deal is reasonable, even if United would prefer to have got the overall fee down towards £90 million.
There was always going to be some kind of concession in terms of how the payments were made, whether that be via performance related add-ons, or installment splits.
If Dortmund are open to this, then United should get this offer made right away.
For so much of this transfer pursuit, the German media have taken an adversarial tone when it comes to United’s approach for Sancho.
This report feels like there is a softening of Dortmund’s stance towards United’s inevitable approach.
Over the weekend it has been fairly quiet in terms of news and developments over Sancho, and sometimes that can be a positive, as it means the situation could be being worked on behind the scenes.
Don’t get carried away just yet, there could be a few twists yet to come, but it feels like United are heading in the right direction to get this deal completed.
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