Gary Neville advised Manchester United to look for alternative targets because of Borussia Dortmund’s firm stance over Jadon Sancho but Sky Sports transfer expert Dharmesh Sheth thinks that could be a dangerous idea.
United are the only team in the running to sign Sancho this summer and talks have been rumbling on for many weeks behind the scenes.
Dortmund are refusing to budge from their £108million valuation and are publicly ruling out a sale because their August 10 deadline has passed.
However, there is still a belief at Old Trafford that Sancho could complete a move.
Most of United’s other targets were put on the back-burner while Ed Woodward worked on a deal for the winger.
It was only last week that the first new arrival was secured in the shape of Ajax ace Donny van de Beek.
Neville is worried that the continued delay in Sancho talks will hurt United and they should shelve the plan until next summer.
But Sheth warns that other European heavyweights, such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, could then be in a position to fight for the 20-year-old’s signature.
“Sancho is willing to go to Manchester United but at the moment it feels like it is a one-horse race because of the financial impact that the coronavirus has had,” Sheth told Sky Sports.
“What has happened is Man Utd look like they are the only club who can do this deal with the figures being mentioned.
“United have got to be careful, because say they take Gary Neville’s advice and leave it and think they will get him next summer, there is every chance other clubs will then be able to do a deal for Sancho.
“Hence why Manchester United might still be thinking they need to get a deal over the line in this transfer window.”
Neville had previously said: “That’s been the frustration with Sancho. The fact that it’s dragged on.
“Just say to Dortmund ‘leave him there’ and go get another player.
“There are plenty of players around, there can’t be just one player you’re chasing.
“It is frustrating but I do think United have been better in these last couple of seasons, more careful and not making mistakes either.
“If you can’t get a deal done you have to move on. You certainly have to give hard deadlines on players.”
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