News ID: 274226
Published: 0217 GMT September 15, 2020

Bale on United radar after Sancho move hits impasse

Bale on United radar after Sancho move hits impasse

Manchester United is at an impasse over its bid to buy Jadon Sancho because of Borussia Dortmund’s €120-million (£110 million) valuation and may explore a loan for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale as an alternative.

Although United has agreed terms with Sancho and made a breakthrough regarding agent fees, Red Devils’ stance remains that Dortmund’s price for the 20-year-old is too high in the coronavirus-affected market, the Guardian reported.

Three weeks are left until the window closes on October 5 and though there remains a chance of agreeing a deal with Dortmund, United is prepared to walk away before then because there is little will to have negotiations enter the final few days of the market.

Bale is on the club’s radar as a potential alternative. Buying him is out of the question but if the Sancho deal proves impossible United may try to take the 31-year-old on loan. Bale remains out of favor under Zinedine Zidane at Real and is interesting several suitors.

Meanwhile, Dortmund’s manager, Lucien Favre, said “everyone was happy” that Sancho remains at the club despite United’s interest.

“We need him, no question,” Favre told the Swiss news agency Keystone-SDA as he prepared for Dortmund’s opening match of the Bundesliga season, against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday. “Everyone was happy that he stayed. We don’t need to talk long about his qualities – they are enormous. He scores and sets up a lot of goals and can often make all the difference. But there are some details that Sancho needs to improve. That is quite normal for a 20-year-old.”

United is also preparing an opening offer for Sergio Reguilón but is unwilling to match Real Madrid’s €30-million (£27.2m) asking price of the Spain defender.

United has been monitoring the 23-year-old’s situation for several weeks, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær keen to provide competition to Luke Shaw at left-back. Reguilón, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla, has three years left on his contract but is not in Zidane’s plans for the new season and it is understood that he would like to move to Old Trafford.

United is expected to make an offer below Real’s valuation in the hope of persuading the Madrid giant to sell a player who first joined the Spanish champion at the age of eight. Real is also hoping to include a buyback clause in any deal but it is understood United has insisted it is unwilling to include one.

Personal terms are unlikely to be an issue given Reguilón’s desire to join United, with Sevilla’s hopes of purchasing him after his starring role in their Europa League triumph now over as it has agreed a deal with Sporting to sign the Argentinian left-back Marcos Acuña.




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