Football analyst Graeme Souness has dismissed latest reports linking Manchester United with Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
The Sun claimed on Monday that Manchester United have 'agreed almost every detail of a move to Old Trafford – down to the small print' as they look to bring Sancho back to the Premier League.
The result of 'months of secret talks' is that his contract length, wage, bonuses and even 'a huge buyout clause' have been agreed and now it’s just down to agreeing on a fee with Dortmund.
However, Souness doubts any club would do business this way and that Man United will have their "trousers taken down" when they come to negotiate a fee with Dortmund.
Souness said on Sky Sports News: "I don't see it unless the whole world has changed. I think you get into personal terms, length of contract, buy-outs and clauses until the two clubs have decided on a fee.
"I mean the first thing is that the two clubs come to an agreement, the rest comes second, so I'm not sure that can be correct.
"If you’re Man United and you are doing that, without a deal done with Dortmund, you will have your trousers taken down when you get round a table with Dortmund.
"Because they know the strength of your offer, they know you are very much up for it, so you're taking away any negotiating power if you go down that road.
"You could do it behind everyone's back, but the facts are in the public domain and the fact that 'someone from Dortmund' is saying that the player spoke to someone from Man United. I don't see that being a goer personally.
"The transfer may happen, but I don’t see it happening in that chronological way. I think there has to be two clubs to two clubs and then you get down to the nitty-gritty."
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