Manchester United have left their approach for Jadon Sancho until the few days of the transfer window because they want to panic Borussia Dortmund into making a flash sale, according to reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear at the start of the summer that the England international was his No 1 target.
Dortmund insisted that they would not sell the 20-year-old unless their £108million valuation was met.
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They also wanted the negotiations wrapped up by early August so they could plan for the 2020/21 campaign.
United missed that deadline and did not launch their first official bid until earlier this week.
That £91m offer was turned down by the Bundesliga outfit and they are adamant Sancho will not be sold before Monday’s deadline.
United fans are concerns over why their club has waited so long to make waves in the transfer window.
And the MEN claim the Red Devils have delayed their bid in the hope that it ‘panics’ Dortmund into offering a discount.
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All of the noises coming out of the Westfalenstadion suggest Sancho will remain a Dortmund player.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has criticised United for not upping their efforts for Sancho earlier in the summer.
He said: “United’s hesitation in meeting Sancho’s valuation so far in this transfer window feels like it is an attempt to reverse the culture of overpaying.
“As fine a player as Sancho is, is he worth £108 million?
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“And what impact would such a deal have on the game time of Mason Greenwood, who looks like the best young attacking talent in the country by some distance, scoring 17 goals last season?
“If United think Sancho is worth it, the deal should have been done already.
“What I cannot understand is if United do not think so, why haven’t they moved on?
“If the deal is not right, regardless of how much it upsets fans, walking away and buying an alternative target can be a sign of strength, not weakness.”
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