Manchester United are prepared to play the waiting game when it comes to signing Jadon Sancho this summer, according to reports.
The Borussia Dortmund winger is one of the biggest names being linked with a move to the Premier League in the coming months.
Three years after he left Manchester City, rivals United are now favourites to sign the 20-year-old.
The Daily Mail claims Liverpool, Real Madrid and City are all interested in making a move for him in the coming months but no club has yet submitted an offer.
However, despite growing competition for his signature, United are not going to be forced into making their move now and will instead play the waiting game.
The Red Devils have more money than most to spend in the transfer window but they refuse to be taken advantage of and are now hoping Dortmund reduce their £100m asking price.
However, it’s a risky move for United to take that could see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer miss out on his top target.
United made a similar decision in January. Having shown interest in striker Erling Haaland and at one stage looked like favourites to sign him, United didn’t act on their interest and Dortmund swooped in.
It already looks like a decision the club could regret with the 19-year-old bagging 13 goals in 14 league appearances.
United fans will be hoping they don’t make the same mistake with Sancho but with the two parties well apart in valuations the saga could play out over the summer.
Chelsea have also been linked with the England international and Daily Star Sport columnist Paul Merson recently backed the Blues to follow up their purchase of Timo Werner with a raid on Dortmund.
“I don’t think Chelsea’s spending will stop [with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech],” the Arsenal legend said.
“They obviously still want Jadon Sancho, and if they can’t get him they will probably try for Kai Havertz.
“Either one of them is going to cost close to £100m. But that kind of transfer pays for itself. Chelsea could get five good years out of Sancho and still get a big sell-on.
“You’ve got every chance of getting your money back with a player like Sancho.
“And if Abramovich starts coming to matches again, he will want to be entertained. He won’t care about paying £100m for a Sancho if it helps them play good football.
“Signing Werner is a big statement. But signing Sancho would be an even bigger one.”