Manchester United have NOT yet made a new bid for Jadon Sancho and fear losing face if another offer is rejected – with Ousmane Dembele emerging as an alternative but only on LOAN from Barcelona
- Jadon Sancho pulled out of Borussia Dortmund’s clash with Bayern Munich
- He remains Manchester United’s No 1 target before the transfer window closes
- United are believed to have held discussions with intermediaries on Tuesday
- But they will not match the £108m valuation and Ousmane Dembele is an option
United denied reports that they have made a £91.2million offer for Sancho – £73m plus £18.2m in add-ons – which has been rejected by Dortmund.
Manchester United have denied making a £91.2m offer for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho
United could move for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele if they abandon attempts for Sancho
Sancho remains United’s No 1 target but Sportsmail understands they have been worried about losing face and the backlash from fans if a formal bid is turned down.
They are believed to have held discussions with intermediaries on Tuesday and are still refusing to meet Dortmund’s demand for £108m.
United must now decide whether to pursue their interest before the transfer window closes on Monday or call a halt to the long-running saga and look at other options.
Having lost out to Tottenham in the race to sign Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid, Dembele has emerged as a strong candidate.
Sancho remains United’s and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No 1 target for this transfer window
United sources confirmed that the 23-year-old Frenchman has been discussed although any move is likely to be on loan.
Dembele was one of the most exciting wingers in Europe when he joined Barcelona from Dortmund for £96.8m three years ago – opening the door for Sancho’s move to the Bundesliga club from Manchester City – but he has struggled with injuries.
United are under pressure to sign a right-sided attacker after being criticised for only buying Donny van de Beek so far in this window.
FC Porto left back Alex Telles is expected to be the next new player through the door while Chris Smalling and Andreas Pereira are set to leave for Italy with Roma and Lazio respectively.
But having missed out on Gareth Bale (above) to Tottenham, Dembele is a viable alternative
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