United’s hierarchy have been negotiating with Emeka Obasi – and are increasingly frustrated by the pace of a proposed deal.
And despite claims that personal terms have been agreed with Sancho, it’s understood his wages and agent fees remain obstacles, along with Dortmund’s £108million asking price.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc raised the stakes over United’s pursuit of the 20-year-old on Monday, claiming a potential move was dead after the failure to agree a fee before the German club jetted off to Switzerland for pre-season training.
He said: “‘We plan with Jadon Sancho. He’ll play for us next season. The decision is final. I think that answers all of the questions.”
But it has emerged that United believe progress has stalled during negotiations with the player’s representative Obasi – and they were taken aback by Dortmund’s decision not to conduct direct talks.
United’s hierarchy still believe a deal can be struck – but they do not want to pay more than £70million for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target.
A heavily-incentivised deal, paid in instalments, is seen as the best way of reaching a breakthrough in negotiations.
But Zorc’s comments have added a fresh twist after United officials believed an August 10 deadline was designed to try to speed a deal along.
That has only added to their confusion over the ongoing delay after having to conduct their business through a middle man.
It is believed Sancho has his heart set on a move, with some sources claiming terms of £250,000-a-week is in place.
But it is understood no such personal terms have been agreed, with United determined to avoid disharmony in their squad by handing such a big contract to a 20-year-old.
The club’s hierarchy are adamant they do not want to repeat mistakes of the past having only just removed Alexis Sanchez’ £450,000-a-week salary from their wage bill.