Liverpool leave Man Utd, Chelsea as Premier League clubs in Sancho transfer race

Manchester United and Chelsea will go head to head in the battle to sign Jadon Sancho…but not at the asking price of £100m.

Borussia Dortmund are banking on a bidding war amongst Europe’s top clubs to deliver their massive asking price, but we can reveal only the two Premier League sides remain in the hunt for the England international.

Liverpool have long been rumoured to be firmly in the chase for Sancho, but they are not involved at any level, and are said by insiders to not even be monitoring the situation as it stands.

That leaves the way clear for United and Chelsea to pursue the player on their own terms – with both unwilling to splash out the eye-watering figure Dortmund have maintained for the past six months is the starting price.

United have been in touch with the player’s agent, but so far have been reluctant to submit any formal approach for the 20 year old, with the transfer market likely to be in flux when it resumes after the complete lockdown of European football.

Chelsea too have opened a channel to the player, but they have made clear there is no chance of getting near to the £100m price tag for a forward who has just 11 full England caps.

Liverpool’s interest has been widely touted, but that appears to be a device to drive up the price. He has never been an active target for the Reds, and the Anfield club would never have considered any approach, unless they were forced to sell one of their fabled front three.

But there is now NO chance of that happening this summer, with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all committed the club, and tied down on long contracts.

Sources within the club are adamant they are not involved in discussions at any level, and are actively pursuing other targets who are more realistically valued at less than half the price.

United are keen on Sancho, but the fee remains a significant barrier to any deal. Reports suggest that Dortmund have indicated they will stick to their guns on that massive asking price, even though the market has clearly changed, because of the Coronavirus crisis.

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