Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has provided an update on the club’s transfer position as they continue to negotiate with Borussia Dortmund for winger Jadon Sancho.
The two clubs have been far apart in their valuations of the youngster with Dortmund holding out for a fee in the region of £115million.
Senior United officials have made it clear they do not want to part with more than £50m.
A deadline of August 10 has been set to get a deal over the line before the German club return for pre-season training.
But Woodward insists he will not be rushed as he is determined to take an “extra cautious” approach to the window – meaning the Sancho saga could rumble on for many months.
“The ongoing disruption from the pandemic – and the economic pressures it has created – has shown why it is so important for football clubs to focus on their financial stability,” Woodward wrote in his programme notes prior to the 1-1 draw with West Ham last night.
“We are fortunate to have a strong and resilient commercial business which has supported long-term investment in our team.
“That will continue, albeit with extra caution in the coming months as we navigate our way through this uncertain period.”
Sancho is thought to want to return to the Premier League, three years after leaving Manchester City.
United are at the front of the queue to secure his signature as not many sides want to spend such a substantial amount this summer.
And former striker Dwight Yorke has urged Woodward to get the Sancho deal over the line.
“He’s a terrific talent and he’s linked with every top team around the world,” the treble-winner told Goal.
“So, if Ole sees him as a player that can really bring something to the team and really make sure that core of players keep competition for places, then they should go for it.
“It would force other players to get their skates on and start performing.
“That’s a healthy thing and that’s what you want to see at United. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a player the club adds going forward.”
United are also interested in signing Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish but the midfielder will not make any decision about his future until the Premier League season is completed.
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