Manchester United look like they will revisit a move for Jadon Sancho in the summer transfer window.
It comes amid a topsy-turvy saga that started last year but ended in misery after Borussia Dortmund called off any negotiations.
The England international had agreed personal terms and was happy to move to the Premier League.
But Dortmund slapped a £108m price-tag on the 21-year-old – a fee United refused to meet amid a summer affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Now as transfer talks start to heat up again, Mirror Sport is on hand to detail the entire saga along with new information.
After the dust had settled on last year’s transfer window, United’s interest was no secret and Sancho’s form dipped as he readjusted back to life in Germany.
It took him until January to score in the Bundesliga, which is astonishing considering he had netted 17 the season before.
And the former Manchester City academy ace admitted that it had been difficult for him to press the resume button after having his heart set on Old Trafford.
“Obviously this season has been very difficult for me personally,” Sancho told bundesliga.com after scoring in consecutive games at the start of 2021.
“So I knew when I went away, I just focused on my game and came back raring to go.
“I’m working hard every day in training and on the pitch so I’m just happy to get my goals and assists.”
Dortmund pulled out all the tricks to make life difficult for United in their pursuit of Sancho.
Initially, they refused to do business with them directly – insisting talks must go through intermediaries, that the Red Devils would have to foot the bill for, making negotiations expensive.
It meant Woodward never spoke to the Dortmund chief Michael Zorc, who also told United that a deal must be agreed before August 9 – when they went off on a pre-season camp – or forget it.
And BVB insisted he would not be sold for less than £108m, an eyewatering total considering the financial impact Covid had on football.
Though the Red Devils never considered the deadline a serious proposition, instead believing it was a hardline negotiation tactic.
However, it was not – Woodward refused to meet the asking price and Dortmund did not speak to United again after the date passed.
Sancho is a popular guy with many friends in the football world – some of which are at Old Trafford, including Marcus Rashford.
The Camberwell-born star is a bubbly and outgoing member of the England squad when on international duty and is in regular contact with his countrymen.
According to The Athletic, the youngster has often spoken to his pals over what his ambitions are over the next few years and where he wants to go after Dortmund.
There have even been some light-hearted jokes over his return to the Premier League, especially in the midst of a Champions League tie against City.
Sancho spent two years at the club’s academy but missed the first leg through injury and is likely to miss the second.