Manchester United believe they have most of the building blocks in place to complete a deal to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
They include an agreement with the player on the length of his contract, his salary, performances bonuses, and the size of his release clause.
Now all that is needed is to negotiate a transfer fee with the German side, which is expected to be a record for a British club, eclipsing the £89 million that United themselves paid to acquire Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016.
Sancho still has two years left on his current deal at Dortmund, who have not given up on the idea of persuading him to stay, with suggestions that they are prepared to offer him a new contract which would make him the highest paid player at the club.
However, if United are to prise him away, they must be prepared to pay top dollar for him.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.