Manchester United are close to agreeing personal terms on a five-year deal with Jadon Sancho as the most-stretched transfer saga of the season nears an end.

According to a report published by Sky Sports, Jadon Sancho is close to agreeing personal terms with Manchester United on a five-year transfer as the dispute over the transfer fee and its structure continues.

Sancho took a huge risk when he switched his boyhood club, Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund but it paid off for him in the 2018/19 season as he ended the campaign with 12 goals and 14 assists. He was the first player across the top five leagues to reach double figures for both goals and assists last season and one of the only 12 players to attain this feat.

He has not only been able to mirror his performances, but better them this season registering 17 goals and 16 assists in the Bundesliga. Moreover, he has 20 goals and 20 assists across all competitions. For context, the only other player to register 20+ goals and assists each this season was Lionel Messi.

His world-class performances over the last two seasons attracted suitors from across the continent, in the form of every top club in every league; Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United among many others.

Manchester finally in sight? (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Manchester finally in sight? (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

United seem to be the only contestant right now in this race, but they have been stuck in a sticky spot regarding Dortmund’s valuation of the player. The Red Devils have been trying to negotiate his transfer fee for months now, but the Germans have not budged from their demand of £108 million. They seem to be, however, ready to accept the amount in instalments.

The coronavirus pandemic has deeply impacted football’s financial situation, with clubs ready to lower their asking fee of players, for example, Leroy Sane. In other situations, teams have decided to reroute their transfer plans and not go after their targets at all, like Neymar Jr. and Barcelona. Dortmund and Manchester United are neither of these clubs, though.

The Bundesliga runners-up are no stranger to the transfer market, and are used to selling big names for extraordinary amounts. The most recent example of this can be traced back to Ousmane Dembele’s sale to Barcelona. Dortmund initially wanted €140 million, but settled for €105 million plus add-ons.

The good news for the Old Trafford faithfuls is that the obstacle of personal terms seems to be out of the way, with the player agreeing to a five-year deal. We might be finally seeing an end to this incredible transfer saga.

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