The Mirror says Borussia Dortmund are demanding £100million-plus for Sancho - and United's hopes of luring the former City winger to Old Trafford suffered a devastating blow when executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward admitted that it “will not be business as usual" after confirming his club's debts had risen by almost £130million during the coronavirus crisis.
United's coffers would get a much-needed £50million boost if United qualified for the Champions League.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men will resume the Premier League season in fifth place – a position which would launch them back into the Euro elite if Manchester City fail with an appeal to get their ban from UEFA competitions overturned next month.
That would strengthen Woodward's hand when it comes to testing Dortmund's resolve to keep Sancho at the club, with the high end of the transfer market expected to collapse in the aftermath of the covid-19 pandemic.
The Bundesliga title chasers have said they will sell the 20-year-old – but only if the price is right.