Manchester United are said to have already agreed two aspects of a potential deal for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.
Ed Woodward and chief negotiator Matt Judge are refusing to give up on their top transfer target with time now running out to get a deal over the line.
As far as Borussia Dortmund are concerned, Sancho is going nowhere and that’s been the case since August 11.
That’s because the Bundesliga club told United that they had until August 10 to conclude a deal, which would involve a payment of £108million and no less.
But United have cheekily opened the bidding at £90m this week, an offer that was instantly dismissed by the Signal Iduna Park hierarchy.
Sancho believes he is staying in Germany despite being quietly optimistic that a deal could still happen.
Given how late we are in the transfer window, there has been some suggestion that Dortmund would still reject an offer of £108m, should one arrive.
The German outfit would not have time to bring in his replacement with the clock already ticking.
One player who is directly linked to the Sancho saga is Watford’s Ismaila Sarr.
The Hornets’ Championship status means United can still do business with domestic clubs until October 16, so Sarr is a fallback option.