Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are stepping up talks over Jadon Sancho with the German side having reduced their asking price to €90million (£77m).
The Red Devils spent most of last summer trying – and failing – to prise the England international away from Dortmund but the Bundesliga giants refused to budge on their €120m (£103m) asking price.
That fee would have represented both United’s biggest ever transfer and the Premier League’s record arrival, but an agreement could not be reached and Sancho remained in Germany.
Twelve months later and the 21-year-old is once again United’s top target, though this time there is growing confidence a deal will be agreed quickly – perhaps even before the Euros start.
According to German publication SPORT1, talks are ramping up and they are getting closer to an agreement over a £77m move.
Dortmund have backed down significantly over their price tag from last year and the new asking price might even constitute a bargain in today’s market, particularly after Sancho enjoyed another stellar campaign.
The winger netted eight goals and laid on 11 assists in just 26 Bundesliga appearances, averaging a goal involvement every 108 minutes, while he bagged 11 more goals and assists in the Champions League and DFB Pokal Cup.
According to SPORT1’s report, all parties are optimistic that a deal will be completed and Sancho has already verbally agreed personal terms with United.
A new right winger has been one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priority signings for several years and United look set to have Sancho in place well in time for the start of pre-season training after the Euros.
He is not the only player who could be heading to Old Trafford this summer, with United also looking to bring in a new centre-back – they have been linked with Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane – while they are also in talks over a bargain deal for Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier.