Jadon Sancho has been challenged to "knuckle down" and prove he's worth the £108million Borussia Dortmund are demanding from Manchester United for his signature.
Dortmund have so far played hardball with United over Sancho, with the Bundesliga club this week insisting the winger will be staying after the Red Devils failed to come up with a satisfactory offer.
But United are refusing to give up on Sancho, having made the 20-year-old England winger their top transfer target this summer.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been advised to let Sancho have another season in Germany – and to go back with a £108m offer next summer if he produces another stunning campaign.
The advice comes from former England and Liverpool wideman John Barnes, who challenged Sancho to keep up the form that saw him score 17 goals and post the same number of assists in the Bundesliga this season.
“I don’t think one more years’ experience in Germany will hurt him at all," Barnes told BonusCodeBets, via the Express.
“It’ll give him a chance to show that he can perform consistently.
“If he has another good season then Manchester United will probably pay the money for him next year, as he’s still young enough.
“If he doesn’t have another good season, would he have had been good enough for Manchester United anyway?
"So, having another year to play and grow in Germany, with less pressure, is not a bad thing.
“Being upset that he didn’t go to Manchester United and wallowing in a bad attitude would not be the right thing for him to do now.
“He should knuckle down and prove to the world that he is worth the €120million (£108m).”
Meanwhile, United could face a three-way fight for Sancho if they fail to land him this summer.
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Dortmund have extended Sancho's contract until 2023 to protect his value, and believe La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona will enter the race for him next year.
That would leave Solskjaer's side battling it out in a bidding war with Spanish giants for Sancho – unless they up their offer this summer and meet Dortmund's valuation before the current transfer window shuts.
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