Manchester United are reportedly still confident of landing Jadon Sancho this summer despite claims he would rather sign for Liverpool.
The Borussia Dortmund winger has been linked with both United and their bitter rivals Liverpool during a season in which he scored 17 goals and posted 17 assists in the Bundesliga.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have for some time been considered favourites to sign 20-year-old Sancho, with Liverpool looking unlikely to make big-money signings this summer.
United boss Solskjaer is believed to have been given around £140million to spend on new signings this summer.
And one obstacle to signing Sancho looked to have been cleared when the Red Devils secured Champions League qualification in last Sunday’s final round of Premier League matches.
But according to German publication Kicker, Sancho would rather sign for Jurgen Klopp’s side because they have a much greater chance of winning silverware in 2021.
Liverpool qualified for the Champions League by way of winning the Premier League, and are favourites to defend their domestic crown next season.
That doesn’t appear to have put United off, however, with Sky Sports claiming Old Trafford bosses are still confident England star Sancho will be their man.
The report says United have cooled their interest in Jack Grealish because of Aston Villa’s £80million demands – despite the fact the midfielder is keen to join Solskjaer’s side.
So instead of courting Grealish, United will focus on prising Sancho from Dortmund.
The two teams still seem to be around £20m apart in their respective valuations of the winger.
Dortmund still want €120million (£109m) for the Three Lions ace but United value the former Manchester City academy prospect at closer to €98m (£89m).
Liverpool boss Klopp was asked last month about his side’s chances of signing Sancho last month.
He told German newspaper Bild: “The red shirt [of Liverpool] would suit very well. I don’t think such a transfer will be possible this season.
“He [Sancho] is a very interesting player. If he’s coming to Liverpool I would be the most surprised of all of us.”