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Deadline could be placed on negotiations for Sancho

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Luxury buy: Jadon Sancho would make United stronger, but the main concern should be shoring up defensively. Photo: Martin Meissner/AP

Luxury buy: Jadon Sancho would make United stronger, but the main concern should be shoring up defensively. Photo: Martin Meissner/AP

Luxury buy: Jadon Sancho would make United stronger, but the main concern should be shoring up defensively. Photo: Martin Meissner/AP

Manchester United are the strong favourites to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, but there could be a twist in the plot of a transfer saga that is being carried over from last summer.

United refused to pay Dortmund's €120million asking price for their England attacking star ahead of the transfer deadline last summer, even after most of the terms for the move had been agreed between the player and United.

Now Old Trafford chiefs are back at the negotiating table for Sancho and while the price tag on the 21-year-old is reported to have been deflated to around €75million, a familiar story could develop if a deal is not finalised quickly.

Dortmund chiefs have made it clear that they are open to a deal to sell Sancho after a deal was agreed that he would stay for one more year after talks last August, but the German club are not prepared to allow the deal to become another story of protracted negotiations.

United failed to meet Dortmund's deadline to sign Sancho last summer and after the forward helped his club win the Germany Cup final last week, they are now keen to finalise his future in double-quick time.

There have been suggestions that Dortmund want Sancho's move to United to be agreed before this summer's European Championship finals, with the club's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirming Sancho could leave.

"I'm not getting involved in probabilities, it's no good," he said. "If there is an exceptional offer we will discuss it with the player and the agent, as always."

With the club's success in qualifying for next season's Champions League relieving the pressure they may have been under to sell players for financial reasons, they have again made it clear that star striker Erling Haaland will not be leaving this summer.

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Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland could be a danger to Man City in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland could be a danger to Man City in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland could be a danger to Man City in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

"I have the clear expectation that Erling Haaland will play for us next year and I am not worried about anything else," added Watze. "I am totally relaxed. Nobody believed us with Jadon Sancho last summer until deadline day, and he's still here today.

"I'm totally relaxed about Halland. Nobody believed us with Jadon Sancho last summer until the deadline, and today he's still with us.

"Either you have a squad where you sign a player and let him go, or you don't. We can live with it, and feel good, because we know the contractual situation, which helps us a lot."

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United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also been strongly linked with a move for Haaland, but there is a feel that Dortmund will look to keep the striker for another season after their Champions League place was secured last weekend.

Sancho appears to be a different case and after coming close to signing him last summer, the Old Trafford club will be keen to push this deal over the line ahead of next season.

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