With less than a week before the transfer window closes, Manchester United are making a last minute rush to table a £90m bid for Borrussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.
And with Dortmund adamant in recent weeks that the £108million-rated England international will stay with them for the season, it is believed that the German outfit will not accept anything less than £100m.
Over the last few weeks, United have been beaten to potential deals for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Old Trafford hierarchy are under increasing pressure from disgruntled supporters to bring in a quality forward and perhaps an additional defender before the window closes.
They are expected to offer around £65m plus achievable add-ons up to £90m for Sancho.
Should they fail to tempt Dortmund to sell they will revert to other options.
United are among clubs to have been linked with Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik and Bournemouth’s Josh King while Ivan Perisic of Inter and Douglas Costa of Juventus have also been discussed.
Andreas Pereira’s proposed departure to Lazio could free up some funds as would Chris Smalling’s sale to Roma but United’s asking prices have proved problematic as they look to streamline their squad and offload the likes of Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones.
United have signed just one player so far this summer with Donny van de Beek arriving from Ajax in a £40m deal.