The Jadon Sancho saga has dragged on for too long and there’s no indication of an imminent agreement between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United for his transfer.

However, there’s belief among all parties it’s ‘very likely’ for the deal to go through and this was also reported by Sport1 journalist Patrick Berger on Tuesday.

This week’s edition of SportBild reiterates ‘agreement is likely’ for the winger to move to Old Trafford, and then provides an update on the current situation.

The outlet again points out Sancho has ‘long agreed’ a five-year contract with Manchester United, worth £13m [€15.1m] per season.

After the first round of negotiations between the two clubs last week, BVB have ‘learned’ that United chief Ed ‘Woodward is willing to pay for the attacking star’.

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The Premier League side’s offer had €78m guaranteed and the magazine states €12m is ‘missing’ to bring the England international back to Manchester. Dortmund need an additional €5m in bonuses.

Woodward, for now, has ‘not made any attempt to close the gap’ since the first round of negotiations. The report claims it’s all ‘pure poker’ now.

SportBild further state: ‘United would prefer a lower fixed sum and higher additional payments depending on the success situation – but the BVB bosses definitely do not want that’.

‘Another hurdle’ is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side want to pay the transfer fee over the next five years, which is entirely normal. The German club perceive the duration to be ‘too long’.

Despite the current situation, BVB ‘does not believe that parameters such as an agreement on the comparatively low bonus payment or a shorter payment term could cause the deal to fail’.

Since Dortmund rejected the English club’s offer last week, there’s been no significant progress, at least on Manchester United’s front, to conclude the Sancho operation.