Manchester United have reportedly renewed their interest in Barcelona star Ansu Fati as a potential alternative to Jadon Sancho following their continued deadlock in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund.
The 17-year-old is known is know to previously have been of interest to United after scoring eight goals in his first professional season, but the Catalan club are desperate to keep hold of the wonderkid.
United have had their eyes set on Sancho for much of the transfer window but continue to be frustrated by Dortmund’s £108million valuation of the England international.
After continued difficulty in negotiations boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been forced to look elsewhere and the Red Devils have made a fresh enquiry for wide-man, according to Spanish publication Sport.
The same publication reported last month that the players agent Jorge Mendes revealed United were in pole position to bring the player to Old Trafford.
Reports suggested that Fati would end up as a cheaper alternative to Sancho due to the starlet’s lower wage demands at this stage.
The player only negotiated a new three-year deal with Barca in December which included a release clause of £144m, but could look to raise that to a staggering £360m as they look to send a message that Fati is not for sale, according to NobleSports Relaibe source.
United remain determined to secure signature of Sancho despite a number of issues surfacing this week in talks with the German club.
Last week, the deal appeared to be heading in the right direction but talks have stalled with United baulking at Sancho’s wage demands and Dortmund’s valuation of the winger.
Dortmund chief Michael Zorc declared on Monday that Sancho will remain with them next season and the 20-year-old has now underlined his happiness at the club.
Speaking to BVB-TV on Wednesday, Sancho said: ‘I love playing with this lot. It is a special bunch.
‘We’ve got some special young players coming up. I am really happy to share the pitch with them and guide them.
‘I was once in their shoes, playing with the seniors. I am happy for them.’
Sancho played 45 minutes in Dortmund’s pre-season friendly win over Rheindorf Altach in Austria on Wednesday.