KEY POINTS

  • Solskjaer is pushing Woodward to sign Sancho this summer
  • Dortmund have labeled Sancho at $124 million
  • Man Utd have to secure Champions League place to sign the player

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly pushing Manchester United to sign Jadon Sancho from Dortmund this summer.

Sancho, who scored 20 goals in 44 matches for Dortmund this season, has been heavily linked with a move to Man Utd over the last few months. However, the only hindrance in the transfer has been his asking price of $124 million. It has also been reported the Old Trafford side has agreed to personal terms with the 20-year-old midfielder.

Man Utd’s chief Ed Woodward made it clear earlier the upcoming transfer market will not witness usual business and the Red Devils have been given a restricted budget for the same.

According to a report in English publication Daily Star, while Solskjaer has been pressurizing Woodward to sign Sancho, who has been the Norwegian boss’ top priority ahead of the summer transfer market, the club’s chief is willing to sign Sancho for Solskjaer only if Dortmund agree to bring the player’s fee down to $101 million. The report further revealed Woodward has presented the offer as "take-it-or-leave-it" in a bid to entice Dortmund to cash in on Sancho, whose current contract with the Germans is set to expire June, 2022.

It is understood Solskjaer does not want the negotiations to take time and wishes to have Sancho training with his boys next month and get accustomed to the squad ahead of the new Premier League campaign September.

Moreover, Man Utd’s chances of signing the Englishman also depends on their Champions League qualification for the next season. As of now, they are placed fifth in the Premier League table but are equal on points with fourth-placed Leicester City and one point behind third-placed Chelsea. To secure the Champions League qualification, Man Utd have to either finish in the top four in the Premier League this season or win the Europa League.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) said his side's fine form has slowed him from ageing Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Paul Pogba Photo: POOL / PETER POWELL

If Man Utd indeed fail to play the premier European tournament in the 2020-21 season, they will not only get to sign Sancho but also suffer further hit financially including penalties from kit supplier Adidas as part of their $951 million partnership.