Manchester United are negotiating to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and hope an agreement can be reached to bring the England international to Old Trafford in the upcoming summer transfer window.
United tried and failed to sign Sancho last year but are going again to try and negotiate a cheaper price for the 21-year-old wide-man.
The Athletic say United are prepared to pay £80million for the forward who was valued at £108m last summer and is coming off the back of a 16-goal and 20-assist season.
But Dortmund want an extra £20m on top of that amount in achievable add-ons with Sancho widely tipped to be one of the best forwards in the world over the next decade.
That leaves United with work to do in order to broker an agreement but given Dortmund have been keen to utilise the loan market in recent years with Paco Alcacer, Achraf Hakimi,
Emre Can and Reinier, there is a trick that United perhaps might use to try to get the deal done.
Two of those players went on to sign permanently but Hakimi didn’t, and his Real Madrid team-mate Reinier is unlikely to as well,
meaning that Dortmund borrowing one of United’s exciting youngsters could still appeal even if the Red Devils make it clear they have no intention to sell them permanently further down the line.
United would undoubtedly prefer to keep him but Amad didn’t come off the bench in the Europa League final against Villarreal even though the match went to extra time and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needed fresh attacking legs.
And so that perhaps points to the fact Solskjaer does not yet see Amad as a truly established first-team player,
so he might benefit from a year or two of regular football at Dortmund, particular with minutes even harder to come by in Manchester if Sancho joins.
AmadBy far the most attractive of United’s potential loan options, Amad could eventually cost United up to £37million and joined the Red Devils last summer from Serie A side Atalanta, though only came over to England in January.