Man Utd face missing out on another transfer target after copying Sancho tactic

Manchester United have endured a tricky summer window in recent months.

Donny van de Beek's arrival from Ajax was a positive start – but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn't seen his squad bolstered since then, with fans frustrated.

The pursuit of Jadon Sancho has been an infuriating one, with United unwilling to meet Borussia Dortmund's £108m valuation.

And it appears Ed Woodward and his team are even trying to drive down the price for Alex Telles, despite Porto only asking for a meagre £17m.

The left-back has a £36.5m release clause in his contract at present but has less than one year on his deal at the Estadio do Dragao.

The Daily Mail report United are trying to drive down the £17m price tag, in a move which will surely antagonise fans even further.

Sancho's price tag was also a sticking point, and the only reason a transfer has not materialised is because United wanted to also drive his price down in recent weeks.

But the Red Devils are not strapped for cash after finishing fourth in the Premier League last term.

United are set to lose £140m in matchday revenue over the coming months, as fans continue to be kept away from stadiums.

But Solskjaer's transfer kitty should still be sufficient enough to compete.

However, should United miss out on Telles, as well as Sancho, more fury will surely be aimed at the club's hierarchy.

With less than two weeks left of the window, time is running out for United.

A right-side attacker, left-back and even a new central defender is on the wishlist.

But it remains to be seen if United will pay for their top targets, or whether they will be forced into plan B, C or D.

Sancho remains the club's top priority, despite Dortmund standing firm over their £108m price tag.

And while transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed talks are ongoing, progress is slow.

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He said: "In this moment Dortmund are in the same position they’ve been in for many weeks.

“They always say they want to keep the player if [United] don’t want to pay the €120m asking price.

“At the moment it’s very complicated because Manchester United haven’t made any moves in the last hours.

“They either have to pay the €120m or the player will stay this season.

“I am told that Manchester United are still in talks with his agents so the deal isn’t completely off but we will have to see the developments.”

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