Manchester United powerbroker Joel Glazer is determined not to pay over the odds for Borussia Dortmund whiz Jadon Sancho.
United vice-chairman exec Ed Woodward and chief negotiator Matt Judge are conducting talks via intermediaries drafted in by Borussia Dortmund with the two parties still some way apart on their fee.
But the Athletic says it is owner Joel Glazer that has stood firm and strictly expressed his reluctance to meet Dortmund's €120 million asking price.
With Sancho set to demand a high salary and commissions involved in the deal also adding up, it is Glazer that is adamant the club cannot afford to pay over the odds as he leaves Woodward and Judge to try and strike a deal.
The club are being hit by the coronavirus crisis and have recently enacted a £140million credit facility from Bank of America.