Manchester United are hoping to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and the England international has previously visited the Red Devils’ Carrington training ground complex so he will be no stranger if the move eventually goes through.
Dortmund are taking a hard stance and refusing to budge from their £100million valuation of the attacker.
During that visit the youngster is said to have struck up a bond with former United juniors Angel Gomes and DJ Buffonge – who were also born in London.
Ed Woodward is dragging his feet in negotiations with Dortmund this summer in hope they will offer him a discount on the fee.
He knows terms with Sancho can be thrashed through quickly so is in no rush to get a deal done early.
Meanwhile, German football expert Raphael Honigstein has explained why United are so keen to capture Sancho.
“There’s absolutely no doubt he would be a huge improvement on what they have, especially if you think of the traditional importance of width in the United team,” he told the Transfer Talk podcast.
“Wingers that would get the crowd excited and those who take on players, whip in crosses and score themselves – all these things Sancho will do.
“The stats for a 20-year-old are unbelievable in terms of the goals he’s scored and assisted last season in a pretty talented Dortmund team. The flip-side to this conversation is that Dortmund want to make a very careful calculation which is similar to the one Leverkusen are making for Havertz.
“How much is the value of him staying with us? If we have to sell him for less next year, is that still a deal that is good for us because we have a better chance of winning the Bundesliga and going far in the Champions League next season with Sancho.
“That’s why they’ve been so adamant for the £110m valuation being met and being met earlier because they don’t want to get into a situation where they can’t bring anyone in, and they don’t want this to be a recurring theme until mid-October when the window could potentially still be open.
“Manchester United are still saying they are just in talks. It’s a bit murky where both sides will try to get the best possible deal. There’s a lot of poker and double-bluffing going on but it’s now down to United to say ‘here’s the money’.
“The line is the sand that Dortmund have made both in terms of the valuation and the deadline means it will be hard for them to back down from this stance. United are going to have to go very far to meet those demands.”