Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes signing Jadon Sancho will be enough to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title, according to reports.
Woodward gave the green light for heavy investment in the defence last summer as Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka arrived from Leicester and Crystal Palace, respectively.
United also shelled out £47million for Portugese midfielder Bruno Fernandes in January.
Now the Red Devils are plotting to add more firepower to their squad with Sancho deemed a priority target.
That deal will not come cheap as Borussia Dortmund are standing firm on their £108million valuation of the England international.
Personal terms will be easy to agree as the 20-year-old wants to return to the Premier League, three years after he left City.
The Sunday Times claims Woodward believes signing Sancho will greatly enhance United’s fortunes on the pitch and should give them enough quality to challenge at the top.
Solskjaer guided his squad to third in the Premier League table this season but their points tally was still closer to relegated Bournemouth and Watford than it was to champions Liverpool.
Bridging the gap to Jurgen Klopp’s side is a must and pressure will be mounted on Solskjaer if Sancho arrives at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports transfer expert Dharmesh Sheth has attempted to explain how talks are progressing behind the scenes.
“It’s turning into one of those ‘who will blink first?’ situations,” Sheth told Sky Sports. “Last week there was what was described to me as ‘increased confidence’ that a deal could get done; personal terms were close to being agreed in principle.
“Man Utd want Jadon Sancho. Sancho wants to go to Man Utd and there appears to be a willingness from all parties to get a deal done.
“That’s the straightforward bit – but we have a game of poker because United won’t be held to ransom; they feel Dortmund’s asking price of €120m is too high in the current climate and are now looking at alternatives, though I think you have to take that bit with a pinch of salt.
“Dortmund are simply not interested in negotiating on the price and are believed to want as much as €100m of that fee as an initial payment up front.
“Can United come up with an agreement on the structure of the payments? They were making similar noises back in January when they were trying to sign Bruno Fernandes.”