Borussia Dortmund have informed Manchester United they have to complete the signing of Jadon Sancho by August 10 if they want to land him this summer.
Dortmund chiefs have slapped a €120 million (£108m) price tag on the Englishman’s head – something United are reluctant to match at the present time.
While Mason Greenwood’s emergence hasn’ changed United’s stance in wanting to complete a deal for the attacker, they were hoping to land him for closer to £50m because of the market effects of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
BVB see no need to sell at a cheaper price, however, and have set the Red Devils a deadline to match their demands, according to Bild.
The Bundesliga side’s pre-season training camp starts in Switzerland on August 10 and the club want a decision to be made over Sancho’s future by then. He is not totally convinced by a move to Old Trafford just yet either.
While he is open to a swtich, he wants to wait to see if United secure UCL football before he commits to signing for the PL giants. A top-four finish is very much in the club’s grasp.
They are just two points behind fourth-place Chelsea and three off Leicester City in third with five matches to go.
The Foxes face a tricky away trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal on Tuesday night, with Chelsea also away at Crystal Palace – should either slip up, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could rise into the UCL spots with a win over 18th-place Aston Villa on Thursday.
The club could still seal premier European football by finishing fifth, with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City set to be banned from the UEFA Champions League for two years.
Nemanja Matic has signed a fresh three-year contract at Manchester United, committing his future to the club until the summer of 2023.
The 31-year-old, who has made 14 Premier League starts this campaign, has been a regular in the side since the return of PL action with United in rampant form as they extend their unbeaten streak to 16 matches.
The Serbian has acted as the anchor in a midfield three with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, with his impressive form keeping Scott McTominay and Fred out of the team. He has been rewarded with a new deal, that he is delighted to have signed.
‘I am very happy that I will continue to be part of this great club,’ Nemanja told the club’s official website.
‘As a player, I still have a lot more to give and achieve in my career and to do that with Manchester United will be a huge honour.
‘This is a really exciting team to be part of, we have a good balance of youth and experience within the squad and there is great comradery amongst the group.
‘This is a key part of the season and we are playing well. We will continue to fight to finish the season on a high and make our amazing supporters proud.’
Meanwhile, Manchester United have reportedly been left on red alert by Real Madrid star James Rodriguez’s refusal to represent Los Blancos at the weekend.
Despite the midfielder being available for transfer, the Colombia playmaker had been due to feature in Madrid’s squad for the match with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday afternoon.
However, James was left out of the travelling party, with Zinedine Zidane later revealing that the player had asked not to be involved.
According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are one of a number of clubs who would have taken notice of the development.
Chris Smalling faces a spell on the sidelines as he picks up a muscle injury.
The Roma centre-half limped off after just 30 minutes versus Napoli, being replaced by the former Tottenham defender Federico Fazio.
The Rome-based outfit went on to lose 2-1 but it could be further misery for the on-loan Red Devils player.
Chris could be out for several matches but will find out Smalling’s fate after being evaluated by Roma medics this week.
It brings a halt to the star’s new found form in Italy which has the Englishman edging towards a permanent transfer.
According to a Roman radio station Tele Radio Stereo, a deal has already been agreed which will see Chris go back out on loan next season before I Giallorossi sign the defender.
It is understood the club will effectively buy Chris this summer, with the payment being stretched out over two years ending in 2022.
The Italians are understood to have agreed on a deal worth £15-16million. The Red Devils had been holding out for around £25 million but appear to have dropped their valuation.
Smalling has played 32 times this campaign scoring twice. Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemed for the centre-back to link up with record signing Harry Maguire.
But with Chris appearing to have his heart set on staying in the Italian capital, the 20-time Englis champions have been forced to negotiate a sale sum.
Manchester United, meanwhile, have signed Phil Neville’s son Harvey Neville to his first professional deal.