Pressure is mounting on Manchester United to sign Jadon Sancho as reports in Spain claim Real Madrid will move to the 20-year-old if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not land his man this summer.
United have made Sancho their top priority signing but the coronavirus pandemic may have put paid to their plans.
Dortmund will demand in excess of £100million for their star – which Ed Woodward has already ruled out paying because the club has had a massive loss of revenue in recent months with all matches postponed.
Talks will undoubtedly resume once the Premier League campaign is wrapped up and United begin to rebuild for next season.
But if a deal cannot be struck then the Red Devils may find it difficult to lure the winger to Old Trafford.
Spanish newspaper AS published an article on their front page claiming Real will enter the race for Sancho in 2021.
They cannot afford to capture the England international this summer because of the worldwide pandemic.
However, if Sancho remains at the Westfalenstadion for another 12 months then Los Blancos should be well placed to fight for his signature.
The attacker has attracted interest from all of Europe’s major clubs after scoring 20 goals and registering 20 assists in the Bundesliga this term.
United will do all they can to ensure Sancho returns to the Premier League, three years after he left Manchester City.
But if Dortmund do not lower their price tag then Woodward must find a way to get the deal done this year or risk missing out altogether.
Meanwhile, former Premier League defender Danny Mills has warned Sancho to think carefully before deciding on his next club.
“If I was Jadon Sancho I’d be wanting to ask the questions: ‘Who else are you bringing in?’” Mills told talkSPORT.
“‘What other signings have you got lined up? What is the squad going to look like next season? Are you realistically going to be challenging for things?’
“‘Who is going to be the manager? Is it still going to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next season?’
“He’s in a position of strength at the moment. He wants to go and win things, that’s the most important thing.
“He’s going from a fantastic club, he’s gone through his development phase, he’s now going to start hitting the peak development phase and he wants that to be the best years.
“There’s no point going to Manchester United next season if they’re going to finish sixth or seventh.”