Negotiations are ongoing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top transfer target – but it’s understood the two sides are miles apart in their valuations of the England international.
Sancho’s wages are also a sticking point, with United determined not to upset their wage structure for a player so young.
Suggestions that personal terms worth £250,000-a-week had already agreed are believed to be premature.
United’s hierarchy are still determined to reach a compromise with Dortmund, with a highly-incentivised deal seen as the best way to secure Sancho – but they are adamant that even that will come below the German giants’ asking price.
They are also unmoved by attempts to speed up negotiations by Dortmund’s decision to impose an August 10 deadline.
United’s position is that the impact of coronavirus cannot be ignored, despite their desire to bring Sancho to Old Trafford.
They have long-maintained they are reluctant to pay in excess of £60-70m for any individual target during this window.
And despite securing a return to Champions League football and the riches of European football’s premier competition, they are still counting the cost of Covid-19.
In total it is estimated the pandemic has cost football £4bn globally, with leading clubs United, Barcelona and Real Madrid hit hard.
Despite that, Ed Woodward is trying to deliver the man Solskjaer wants more than any other.
While United would ultimately be prepared to walk away and consider alternatives, it’s understood they will exhaust every avenue to bring Sancho back to England.
Relations with Dortmund are still said to be good, despite the failure to reach an agreement on price and both Woodward and chief negotiator Matt Judge remain in dialogue.
They were successful in securing deals for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes in the past two windows and are still hopeful they can convince Dortmund to lower their expectations for Sancho.
Solskjaer has already told Woodward that he wants to significantly strengthen his squad ahead of a dual bid for the title and Europe next season.
But he urged patience on Tuesday, saying: “This transfer window is a long one and every transfer takes its course. I’ve got no updates at the moment.
“We are always looking to improve the team and squad.”