Manchester United are looking to be clever in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

The Red Devils are firm favourites to secure the signature of the England winger this summer as he considers a move back to England, and it looks unlikely that any other side will be able to match his valuation.

Although United are well place financially after a fine end to the season which saw them qualify for the Champions League, they are trying to avoid paying Borussia Dortmund in full for Sancho up front.

That has given Ed Woodward the idea of paying in instalments, which will mean that their budget is reduced for subsequent seasons but leaves some cash in the kitty for more additions this summer.

Jadon Sancho looks destined to play in the Premier League for Manchester United next season
Jadon Sancho looks destined to play in the Premier League for Manchester United next season

Manchester Evening News report that Woodward has two reasons for not wanted to reach their valuation of around £100m up front, one of which being the hope of sanctioning subsequent deals.

The second reason being that Manchester City would be due for a smaller chunk of the profits having seen him walk away from the club to join the Bundesliga challengers in 2017.

The report adds that City are due 15 per cent of the fee for Sancho that is over £8m, and the base fee being lower than his valuation would dilute the money Pep Guardiola’s side receive.

Dortmund have set a deadline of August 10 as they look to prepare for life without their star playmaker, but they are unlikely to reject an offer that matches their valuation should it come later.

Bruno Fernandes has been nothing short of a revelation at Manchester United this season
Bruno Fernandes has been nothing short of a revelation at Manchester United this season

That deal would match what United did when signing Bruno Fernandes in January, having paid an initial £47m which is likely to rise to £67m over the next few seasons.

Former United striker Andy Cole said of a move for Sancho to MUTV earlier this month: "You’re always looking to bring in players.

"There’s talk of Jadon Sancho coming in. Would he give Manchester United something different? Of course he would.

"I’m not going to sit here and say, 'Oh no, he’s not good enough!' because of course he’s good enough.

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Manchester United fans are eager to see executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward sign Jadon Sancho
Manchester United fans are eager to see executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward sign Jadon Sancho

"He’s got pace, he’s got the ability to go past players, score goals and create.

"I think ultimately all those kind of things are going to be down to financial issues coming out of Covid-19 – financially, it’s hit every football club.

"But Manchester United will undoubtedly look to strengthen and look to add to what they have."