Manchester United have received fresh hope over Jadon Sancho as Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted there is a limit to how much the Bundesliga side can fight to keep their prized asset.
The England international was linked with both United and Liverpool all summer but neither met the price tag set by Dortmund.
They were demanding £108million for Sancho – a price the Premier League duo felt was unrealistic in the current financial climate.
The 20-year-old is known to want a return to the Premier League and many expect him to make a move next summer instead.
United and Liverpool have been given hope a deal could be easier to complete with Watzke admitting they won't be able to demand huge money.
He told Sport Bild: “We could have made a big, valuable transfer in the summer, that’s well known. But we’re glad it didn’t come to this.
“Of course, we will also implement transfers again in the future, because Covid is clearly throwing us back.
“Even the biggest clubs are feeling the effects of the pandemic, be it Bayern, Barcelona or Real Madrid.
“At some point you come to the limit of what you can answer for. You can even see that in Munich right now with David Alaba as an example.”
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