Manchester United have a “Plan B” if they fail to secure a transfer for Jadon Sancho this summer.
The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the Borussia Dortmund forward throughout the summer.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side appeared to have broken new ground after agreeing personal terms and agent fees.
But the £108m price-tag has remained an issue, with the German side remaining stubborn on their valuation.
Sky Sports have now suggested that United are willing to start looking elsewhere for an alternative.
They report that: “United are looking at other alternatives and another strategy on top of that.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already brought in Donny van de Beek but Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United's number one target.
However, they have so far failed to agree a deal with Borussia Dortmund and are considering Gareth Bale as an alternative.
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“There are games involved in transfers. United have had all sorts of pursuits for all sorts of players.
“With Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes, they stamped their feet saying they wouldn’t pay – but they finally ended up paying what both those clubs, Leicester and Sporting Lisbon, wanted.
“I’ve been told this morning that won’t be the case with Jadon Sancho. There won’t be a capitulation last-minute with United writing the cheque.
“This ‘Plan B’ would be looking for a more experienced head on loan coupled with a younger player learning the ropes as well.
“It would be someone who is not a risk as well as someone they can bring through.
“The deal isn’t dead but it’s certainly gloomy when you talk to anyone about Jadon Sancho.”
Sky Sports went on to suggest the latest pandemic regulations have also contributed to United’s stance.
“Jadon Sancho is the topic of discussion here in Manchester,” reorter James Cooper added.
“But Old Trafford are feeling pretty gloomy about this right now – it’s not going the way that Manchester United would like it to go.
“I think that’s because Borussia Dortmund are sticking to their guns with the sort of price they’re looking for for Jadon Sancho.
“I didn’t see a situation where United would write a £100m cheque for Jadon Sancho and I think that’s the problem.
“They don’t want to do that and don’t feel they’re in a position to do that.
“With all the Covid-19 restrictions around them, they don’t think it’s the right environment to be writing those sorts of cheques.
“Right now, I would suggest Jadon Sancho coming to United is less, rather than more, likely to happen.”
One player being considered by Solskjaer as an alternative is Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, who has been urged to make a Premier League return.
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