Manchester United maintain a strong interest in Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho but have absolutely no intention of using Mason Greenwood as a makeweight in any possible deal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identified the former Manchester City youngster as a key transfer target last summer, but the German club were successful in persuading their prize asset to remain for another campaign.
Dortmund have an habit of acquiring Europe’s hottest prospects and beat the Red devils to the signing of Erling Haaland from RB Salzburg.
And, according to ESPN, during initial talks with United over Sancho they launched an audacious transfer move of their own to try and sign Mason Greenwood.
United turned down Dortmund’s proposal and moved quickly to tie the teenager to a new long-term deal after he made an impressive breakthrough during the club’s pre-season tour of Australia and Asia.
The 18-year-old has scored 13 goals in all matches this campaign and is viewed as an important part of United’s future by Solskjaer.
Despite the possible availability of Harry Kane, Sancho, meanwhile, remains firmly on United’s radar after another standout season in the Bundesliga where he has scored 14 goals and registered 15 assists.
Dortmund’s stance on Sancho appears to be softening but it will still take a bid in excess of £100million, despite the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis, to tempt the German side into selling.
United are also tracking Birmigham’s midfielder Jude Bellingham and gave the player a tour of the club’s Carrington training complex just recently, but Dortmund also maintain an interest in the 16-year-old who has played 35 games in the Championship this campaign.