Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund are confident of keeping Jadon Sancho out of the clutches of Manchester United, according to reports.
The German side are planning on offering him an extra £9 million a year over three seasons, extending his contract - which currently runs until the end of the 2021/2022 season - for an extra season in order to keep him at the club.
Dortmund believe that the Coronavirus pandemic puts them in a stronger position that they had expected this summer, and Forbes reports that they believe it makes them more likely to keep the 20-year-old England international.
They also are confident in their financial position despite the interrupted season caused by the virus. They are holding out for between £100-120 million, and are not willing to compromise on the fee. Additionally, they think that suitors United and Chelsea may struggle to match that sum this summer because of their own financial constraints.
The website reports that United and Chelsea are both scouting alternatives, which may make a move for Sancho less likely this summer, or whenever the next transfer window goes ahead. There is some uncertainty over transfers as with the leagues suspended and yet to restart, as some new arrivals could be cup-tied for the rest of the unresolved games to come.
Le 10 Sport, a French publication, has reported that United are also interested in Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix, who has struggled to make an impact in his first season in Spain after a move last summer. He is seen as a back-up option if they are unable to sign Sancho.
United have also been linked with a host of other young talent, with Leicester City’s James Maddison and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish also linked with various confidence with a move to Old Trafford. Paul Pogba’s future has also been thrown into doubt by Coronavirus.