Manchester United are still yet to make any inroads in their bid to land Jadon Sancho – and that could be down to Joel Glazer.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been in the firing line as another United transfer saga drags on.
Woodward and chief negotiator Matt Judge are conducting talks via intermediaries drafted in by Borussia Dortmund with the two parties still some way apart on their fee.
But, according to The Athletic, it is owner Joel Glazer that has stood firm and strictly expressed his reluctance to meet Dortmund’s €120 million asking price.
With Sancho set to demand a high salary and commissions involved in the deal also adding up, it is Glazer that is adamant the club cannot afford to pay over the odds as he leaves Woodward and Judge to try and strike a deal.
The club are being hit by the coronavirus crisis and have recently enacted a £140million credit facility from Bank of America.
Whilst many believe Sancho’s value will hold and the player would be a worthwhile signing, Glazer is determined to push those in charge to get the best possible deal.
They played hard ball over Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes before eventually meeting the high asking prices for both players late in the last two transfer windows.
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It remains unclear whether they will do the same with Sancho, who has emerged as United’s top target.
Speaking after their Europa League semi-final loss at the hands of Sevilla, club legend Paul Scholes urged the club to spend big if they want to win trophies again.
Scholes told BT Sport: “I thought they were really good tonight against a really good Sevilla team, but that 15-20 minutes after half-time, with all those chances, you’ve got to score them.
“You talk about quality, talk about spending money on centre forwards and wide players.
“You talk about hundreds of millions for those players, but those are the players that win you trophies, the ones that win you medals.
“We know all this Sancho thing is going on, but they need to start spending the money. If they want to win trophies, they’ve got to start spending the money.
“OK, they’ve created chances tonight but if you think a Sancho is in that team tonight I think United are scoring.”