Chelsea are reportedly still in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho but they need one thing to happen for a deal to materialise. Manchester United are thought to be at the front of the queue as they weigh up a £100million bid.
Sancho is keen to return to the Premier League at the end of the season, three years after he left Manchester City.
The 20-year-old has become good friends with Marcus Rashford while on international duty with England and the pair could link up at Old Trafford.
Other European giants, such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, are watching the situation from afar.
Bleacher Report claims Chelsea are still pressing ahead with their plan to sign Sancho, even though they may not be his preferred destination.
And Frank Lampard’s side could land their man if talks between Dortmund and United break down.
The Bundesliga outfit will stand firm on their valuation of the attacker, which is expected to be over £100m.
If United do not meet that figure – which will not be lowered despite the coronavirus pandemic – then the door will be open for Chelsea.
The Blues are keen to bolster their ranks after emerging through a two-window transfer ban.
Some reports have recently suggested that United have already agreed personal terms with Sancho.
All that is apparently left to do is to sort out the price with Dortmund.
However, Liverpool legend Graeme Souness feels doing transfer business in that order could be bad news for the Red Devils.
“If you’re Manchester United and you’re doing that without a deal done with Dortmund, you will have your trousers taken down,” he said on Sky Sports
“They know the strength of your offer and they know you’re very much up for it.
“So you’re taking away your negotiating power if you go down that road with agreeing personal terms first.
“You could do it behind everyone’s back, but the fact it’s in the public domain and ‘somebody’ in Dortmund is saying that the player has spoken to Man United.
“I don’t see that one being a goer personally.
“The transfer may happen but I don’t see it happening in that chronological way.
“There has to be two clubs in agreement and then you get down to the nitty and gritty [of agreeing personal terms].”