Manchester United will have to cough up Ousmane Dembele’s full £215,000-a-week wage if they want to sign the 23-year-old on loan from Barcelona.
The Old Trafford club have been trying to recruit the exciting winger from the Nou Camp outfit as an alternative to long-term target Jadon Sancho.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side been dealt a blow in that the Catalan club are unwilling to accept anything less that United paying 100 per cent of the player’s wage, according to the Sun.
Ronald Koeman is keen to offload the winger on a permanent basis as his side need to raise funds for transfers.
But United are reluctant to do so, especially given question marks over Dembele’s attitude and poor injury record since joining Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund.
This could mean that Solskjaer’s pursuit of another attacking talent to add to his squad goes right up until deadline day.
The transfer window was extended due to the coronavirus crisis and so will close on Monday.