Manchester United executive vice-chairman is taking a gamble by playing the long-game in negotiations for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and he is doing so because of three players, according to reports.
Dortmund have slapped a £115million price tag on their winger and are refusing to budge.
Senior United officials have made it public knowledge that they will not table more than £50m for the England international.
There appears to be a standstill between the clubs with a major difference in views.
However, the i claims Woodward is able to be patient in the transfer window because of the form of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
The Red Devils are enjoying a 15-match unbeaten run across all competitions so there is no immediate pressure to bring in reinforcements.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows he needs a new right winger but 18-year-old academy graduate Greenwood has stepped up to the mark in recent matches.
The teenager is naturally a central striker but he has been prolific when cutting in onto his favoured left foot.
His form, coupled with Rashford and Martial, is allowing United to take their time in hope that Dortmund will lower their Sancho price tag.
The 20-year-old has two years remaining on his contract at the Westfalenstadion so his valuation will only decrease over the next 12 months.
Dortmund chief Michael Zorc issued a firm reminder yesterday that his side are under no pressure to offload Sancho.
“It would be naive to say that we are completely independent of how the situation will look,” Zorc told Dortmund daily newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten.
“If there were a transfer, it would also have a certain economic dimension. But we can very well imagine going into the next year with Jadon because he simply delivers sporting added value.
“We’ll see everything else in the next few weeks.”
Meanwhile, United are also hoping to sign another centre-back and midfielder.
Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish has been mooted for a move to Old Trafford while Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly could also make the switch.
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