Man United leading race for 20-year-old England international

Bayern Munich stepped up their interest in Jadon Sancho before the campaign shutting down amid the covid crisis, but Borussia Dortmund stay determined not to lose their prize asset to their Bundesliga rivals.

England international’s current contract does not expire until 2022, but there is a deal in place that would see the winger depart should Bundesliga giants receive a suitable offer.

The spending capacity of Europe’s leading clubs is sure to be adversely affected by the ongoing global pandemic, but the German club stay confident they can secure a fee in the region of €120m for Jadon.

Bavarians have earmarked Sancho, who has enjoyed another reputation enhancing season in Germany, as a possible alternative to Leroy Sane who had been considering his Man City future before suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in summer.

Borussia Dortmund, however, are unwilling to do business with their German counterparts and do not want to be seen as a feeder club having already lost the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels to their great rivals in recent years.

Red Devils stay the leading candidates to sign the 20-year-old forward, who has also attracted interest from Los Blancos and Blaugrana, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward warned on Thursday that the covid pandemic will represent the biggest financial test the club has ever faced.

He said: ‘There are still profound challenges ahead, and for football as a whole, and it is safe to say it will not be ‘business as usual’ for some time.’

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