Man Utd stars Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire at heart of Jadon Sancho transfer decision

Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United are reluctant to pay up for Jadon Sancho because Ed Woodward is keen to rectify his previous habits of overpaying for players. The United board are currently haggling with Borussia Dortmund over a potential fee and the German club are adamant they will not sell for less than £108million.

That would be a new club record for United, who paid £89m to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016.

The winger is keen on moving to Old Trafford but will respect his Dortmund contract given he only signed an extension last season.

United have backed themselves into a corner over a potential deal though given that they have shown a willingness to pay up for transfer targets in the past.

Those include three in recent times in the form of Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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The club remain adamant they will not be bullied in negotiations and now Dortmund feel as though they have United where they want them as they look to keep Sancho.

According to Liverpool hero Carragher, United should avoid pursuing the deal for the sake of it given the finances concerned.

“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,” he wrote in his Telegraph column.

“As fine a player as Sancho is, is he worth £108 million? 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?

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“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.”

United have already explored a number of potential alternatives. Those include Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, who is determined to prove himself in Catalonia following his £135million move from Dortmund.

Douglas Costa and Ivan Perisic are other possibilities who could be available this summer.

Gary Neville believes the arrival of Sancho wouldn’t necessarily have a direct impact on Greenwood’s game time, as Carragher suggests.

“You can sign a player in the same position without disrespecting that player, if he’s got the right attitude,” Neville told Webby & O’Neill.

“For me, the idea that we get a right-winger in doesn’t mean we’re going to see Mason Greenwood sat in the stands.”

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