Manchester United have made progress in their efforts to sign England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
The club have broken an impasse by agreeing a deal over wages and agents’ fee around any move that could materialise for their main target.
But there is still no guarantee of an agreement between the clubs before transfer deadline day on 5 October.
Sources close to Dortmund are adamant the club will not alter their demand for a fee in excess of £100m.
It had been suggested they needed to sell the 20-year-old, and would soften their approach as deadline day neared.
And United have indicated they would be willing to pursue alternative targets if Dortmund did reduce their demands.
Last week the Red Devils signed Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax for £35m.
Meanwhile, sources say fans will discover the full extent of the impact the pandemic has had at Old Trafford when the club releases its 2019-20 financial statement later this month.
It covers a period including the first three months of the coronavirus lockdown.