Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre has confirmed England international Jadon Sancho is staying at the club this summer.
The 20-year-old is the priority signing for Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who views Sancho as a potentially transformative acquisition who could bridge the gap between themselves and both Manchester City and Liverpool.
Sportvectru understands that United had been encouraged by negotiations held last week, with the main stumbling block still Dortmund’s £108million valuation, a fee the Manchester club believe to be unrealistic in the current market.
United have remained adamant they will walk away from the deal rather than pay the fee, with Solskjaer prepared to seek an alternative addition should the deal prove impossible.
Dortmund start their Bundesliga campaign at home to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, and Favre has revealed everyone at the club is delighted that Sancho is staying.
“We need him, no question,’ Favre told Swiss news agency Keystone-SDA. “Everyone was happy that he stayed. We don’t need to talk long about its qualities – they are enormous.
“He scores and sets up a lot of goals and can often make all the difference. But there are some details that Sancho needs to improve. That is quite normal for a 20-year-old.”
Favre has also expressed his excitement by the signing of Jude Bellingham, who joined Dortmund despite United giving the midfielder a tour of Carrington last season in a bid to lure him to Old Trafford.