Borussia Dortmund have held firm on Jadon Sancho, saying they won't sell their star winger unless their €120 million (£108m/$142m) valuation is met by Manchester United.
But now Jamie Carragher has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that if they do not sign the Borussia Dortmund winger this summer, they could face competition from Liverpool next year.
The former Liverpool defender believes United will eventually meet Dortmund's asking price.
“United have got a clear run at Sancho now – but that will change if he’s still at Dortmund next year. I’d be very surprised if Liverpool didn’t try to sign him next summer,” Carragher told the Mirror.
“That’s why I think United will pay what they have got to pay.
“When United have paid big fees for players in the past we’ve all laughed and said, ‘they’ve been done again’. People called [Man Utd chief executive Ed] Woodward a joke – selling clubs could always get an extra £10m or £20m from him.
“Now Borussia Dortmund have asked £108m for Sancho. And because United haven’t paid it straight away everyone is criticising them.
“Woodward is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.”
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