MANCHESTER United have taken a big step towards signing Jadon Sancho after entering advanced negotiations over a £100million-plus deal, with some reports claiming terms have been agreed.
The Borussia Dortmund forward, who is United’s top target this summer, could seal a five-year contract at Old Trafford in principle this week.
Now United and Dortmund are set to thrash out how the transfer fee will be structured, with the German club insisting they will not be moved from their original valuation of £108m for a player who scored 20 goals and provided 18 assists for the Bundesliga runners-up.
The German club want an initial £90m payment in a bid to land a replacement for Sancho, 20, who has spent three seasons in Dortmund after leaving Manchester City three years ago.
It is believed Sancho’s current club have set a deadline of August 10 to complete any deal for the England international, so that they can prepare properly for the new season, which starts on September 18 in Germany, and that a fee would be paid in instalments over the next two to three seasons.
The deadline for international transfers is October 5.
The deal for Sancho would be a record for an English player and would eclipse the £85m United spent on defender Harry Maguire last summer. Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back-up plan is a loan move for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman, should the Sancho transfer fall through.,
Meanwhile, United are set to free up some cash to sign Sancho by offloading Alexis Sanchez — who earns a reported £350,000 a week — to Inter Milan. United look set to get the Chile star off their books after his spell loan at the San Siro, with Inter set to sign him for £13.5m.