Jack Grealish’s price too high after Villa’s survival, with Jadon Sancho deemed a better fit for United’s starting XI
By Dharmesh Sheth, Rob Dorsett and James Cooper
Last Updated: 28/07/20 6:37pm
Manchester United are working hard with Borussia Dortmund to find a solution for the transfer of Jadon Sancho, after cooling interest in Jack Grealish.
Discussions for Sancho centre around the transfer fee and structure of payments.
It is believed Dortmund want a deal sorted by August 10 when the club return for pre-season training in order to give them time to find a replacement.
Dortmund are holding out for €120m (£109m) for the 20-year-old England international winger but United are unwilling to go that high given the financial hit that they, and many others, have taken during the pandemic.
There has been no bid from United as yet, but they are the only club to have made official contact with Dortmund.
Sancho’s contract runs out in 2022 and Dortmund are relaxed about his situation.
If they do not get what they feel he is worth, they will keep him and happily wait until next summer to sell – albeit for a lower price.
United are looking at alternatives, notably Kingsley Coman on loan from Bayern Munich, but their chances of convincing Sancho to come to Old Trafford will have been enhanced by them qualifying for the Champions League.
United unlikely to sign Grealish after Villa survival
It now looks unlikely United will try to sign Grealish in this transfer window, even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big admirer of the Aston Villa captain.
Premier League survival means the cost for any club wanting to buy Grealish from Villa has increased significantly.