Manchester United continue to hunt down a deal for Jadon Sancho this summer.
The bigwigs over at Borussia Dortmund continue to stick to their story – that the 20-year-old stays at Signal Iduna Park until the end of next season.
The Bundesliga side's £100m valuation has proved a sticking point for United in recent weeks.
And despite the club's desperation to land Sancho, those funds could be spent elsewhere before the October 5 transfer deadline.
Transfer Window Podcast reporter Duncan Castles believes the Red Devils are now looking at alternative targets and are preparing to use the Sancho cash to strengthen other areas of the pitch.
United are reportedly watching Monaco left-back Fode Ballo-Toure, who is under contract until 2023.
The under-21 international would be brought in as a back-up for Luke Shaw, while Brandon Williams would be shifted over the right-back as back-up for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
“I’m hearing that United are looking to re-allocate cash into other areas of the team that Ole Gunnar Solskjear wants reinforced and hadn’t been a priority,” he told the Transfer Window Podcast.
“The right-wing is a priority, Sancho is the priority.
“But, they will look to do business in other areas [if they can’t sign Sancho].
“They’d like to sign a centre-back, who they’d do in tandem with Sancho regardless of whether he’s down the left-side of the centre-back.
“They’re also in the market for a full-back, preferably a left-back as a back-up to Luke Shaw.
“A young, talented player who can be developed into a potential first-choice. They’ve then got the option to move Brandon Williams to right-back as a back-up to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
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“There was an interest in Fode Ballo-Toure, the left-back at Monaco, he’s young, he’s a French under-21 international, he’s played a lot of games for Monaco but he’s not a guaranteed starter for the entire season, so he’s the type of player who can be brought into the squad and would be satisfied working and challenging for a place, rather than the expectation of being a starter every match.
“There’s a shift there in looking at alternative opportunities if Dortmund are true to their word and won’t sell Sancho.
“That’s probably a welcome sign to Manchester United fans, that United are operating in a way where they have a strategy set out for them, should their first-choice deals not be completable this season.”
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