Ed Woodward could play a big part in Manchester United missing out on Jadon Sancho this summer, according to reports. The Borussia Dortmund star is expected to return to the Premier League, three years after he left Manchester United.
United are thought to be at the front of the queue to complete a deal in the region of £100million.
However, ESPN claim the Bundesliga side will not partake in Woodward’s usual slow negotiating process.
The Red Devils have been notorious at playing the long game in recent transfer windows.
Bruno Fernandes did not complete his £47million move from Sporting Lisbon until the penultimate day of January.
Woodward then left signing a new striker until one of the final hours of the window, where he brought in Odion Ighalo on loan.
If the United chief wants to take the same philosophy into the summer then he risks missing out on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target.
ESPN claim Dortmund are hoping Liverpool and Chelsea will join the race for Sancho.
A bidding war could see the England international’s price rocket way beyond £100m which would suit the German side.
Liverpool are unlikely to want to engage in a transfer war as they already have a strong forward trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
But Chelsea are in the market for attacking reinforecements as Olivier Giroud, Willian and Pedro are out of contract this summer.
However, if Sancho’s decision was between a move to Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge former Premier League goalkeepr Shaka Hislop thinks there will only be one answer.
“I have a feeling he leans Manchester United and that’s maybe because his links with City,” Hislop told ESPN FC.
“He might feel a little aggrieved about how things worked out there.
“When you say all things being equal I am going on the assumption that both are either in or out of the Champions League.
“I have a feeling it would be United.”
The Premier League is currently suspended until April 30 due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and it is unclear what effect that will have on the transfer market.