Jadon Sancho will reportedly not accept a pay rise from Borussia Dortmund as he has apparently reiterated his desire to leave the club by turning down a blockbuster salary increase.
German publication Sport Bild last week reported that Sancho could see his £5.5million-a-year deal almost doubled to £9.1m if he pens an extension.
Dortmund are hoping to keep hold of the England international for at least another season.
Manchester United have made the 20-year-old their top target this summer but his £115m price tag is off-putting.
Ed Woodward publicly ruled out spending such a fee given the club’s revenue streams have been hit hard by the coronavirus.
Behind the scenes at Old Trafford they are attempting to figure out a plan to capture Sancho this summer.
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And they will be boosted by Sky Germany’s transfer expert Max Bielefeld, who reckons Sancho will not sign a contract extension with the Bundesliga side.
“His change request for this summer is still intact,” Bielefeld said of Sancho.
“A possible contract extension to a better salary is also not an issue for the winger. That was excluded from the Sancho side.”
Sancho has two years remaining on his current deal and if Dortmund do not lower their price tag at the end of the season they could lose him for cheap in 12 months.
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Extending the attacker’s contract will strengthen the German side’s hand in talks with United.
But if Sancho refuses to put pen to paper it will force Dortmund chiefs into a rethink of their strategy.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke spoke over the weekend of his desire to keep Sancho at the Westfalenstadion.
“If Jadon comes up to us and says he absolutely wants to leave – which has not been the case so far – and a club wants to pay what we want, then we will discuss it,” he told Sport1.
“I don’t think a club will pay the sum. There is also no coronavirus discount on him.
“We have left the period where we had to sell players. I don’t think there will be a summer transfer.
“We have a more unusual situation next year than usual. With the exception of Achraf Hakimi, the team will stay together. That helps with development.”