Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be forced to change his Manchester United transfer strategy as Borussia Dortmund refuse to budge on their stance over Jadon Sancho's future.
The Red Devils manager is desperate to bolster his attacking ranks this summer and identified the England forward as his No.1 target.
But German giants Dortmund have refused to lower their valuation, with United making it clear they are not willing to fork out over £100million on Sancho.
And the delay in landing Sancho means Solskjaer may have to look at other options this summer, which include Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic.
The Red Devils boss would prefer to continue his template of signing young, energetic players for his attack, but according to the BBC is willing to draw up short-term solutions.
Bale and Perisic, both 31, would add experience to the squad but are not getting any younger.
However the Old Trafford boss may have no choice but to bring one of them if they fail to agree a fee with Dortmund for Sancho.
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The 20-year-old enjoyed a stunning campaign in the Bundesliga last season, scoring 17 and assisting as many too.
United are the most interested, having started laying the groundwork over a transfer for over a year now.
However, Dortmund have slapped a £110m asking price on the winger – something the Old Trafford outfit are reluctant to meet.
It is understood that unless Dortmund drastically drop their asking price, a transfer now looks unlikely.
But the Bundesliga club will have no reason to lower their demands, with Sancho tied to the side until 2023 on contract.
If anything, this will further strengthen their claim to keep the former Manchester City ace.
If they wait until next summer, a bidding war will most likely ensue, with the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona interested but unable to enter talks due to their financial situations.
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