Manchester United are leading the race to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund when the transfer window re-opens this summer.
Dortmund are willing to sell Sancho, who turned 20 yesterday, and senior figures at the Bundesliga club believe Old Trafford is his most likely destination.
But the competition for Sancho's signature remains fierce, with Liverpool and his boyhood club Chelsea among those monitoring the situation.
Sancho is thought to be keen on playing in the Premier League, having left English football in an £8m move from Manchester City three years ago.
As part of that deal, City have a first refusal clause on the England international and are able to match any offer accepted.
Marquee Dortmund are expected to demand a fee of around £100m (€109m) for Sancho, who signed a new contract at Signal Iduna Park in August.
Sancho's terms are only due to expire in 2022 but the Bundesliga club have accepted that he is likely to leave since late last year.
United are long-standing admirers of Sancho, having prioritised him as a target this time last year and explored the possibility of making him a marquee signing last summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has typically favoured signing young or peak-age British players, with Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka joining for a combined sum of around £140m.
Sancho falls into the same category and would represent another high-profile signing following the January arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting for a fee that could rise to £72m. (© Independent News Service)
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