Jadon Sancho has been left out of Borussia Dortmund’s squad for their Bundesliga clash with Freiburg.
The Englishman was also a big name absentee from their German Super Cup defeat against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
It comes as speculation continues to mount over a late move to Manchester United with transfer deadline day fast approaching.
Sancho is United’s top transfer target but the move looked to be dead in the water up until recently.
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Dortmund had set the Red Devils an August deadline by which they had to complete the transfer which came and went.
The 20-year-old was then involved in the German club’s pre-season preparations with club chief Michael Zorc regularly reiterating that their prized asset would not be sold.
“Everything there is to tell on this matter from our end has already been said,” he said on Friday.
“And that won’t change over the next three days.”
Dortmund have rejected United’s latest bid but Sancho’s omission will again raise eyebrows and suggest a move could still be on the cards.
A salary and agent fees have already been agreed between the Premier League giants and the player, but the Germans remain in the driving seat.
Sancho is thought to be open to a move to Old Trafford but is also content to remain in the Bundesliga for another 12 months.
United though have been urged to complete the move sooner rather than later having had a free run at one of football’s most sought after players this summer.
A mixed start to the season has increased the desire to add players on the red half of Manchester and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his feelings known to the club’s hierarchy.
“They [United] know my view,” he said. “The transfer window is still open for a little while. If something happens in or out you will get to know.
“There are many ways of improving a team. I keep reading about the players who should be playing instead of the ones who aren’t because they are performing well. That tells me I have a strong squad. There is competition for places. We need results. That is the only way of affecting the mood at the club – the players and staff. All the rest is short-term moods.”
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