Jadon Sancho has become one of the most coveted young English players after a stunning breakthrough with Borussia Dortmund …but can any club prise him away from Germany this summer?
The 19-year-old Londoner left Manchester City two years ago as he thought Dortmund offered him a more direct route to first-team football – and his decision has been justified.
At his tender age, Sancho has not only nailed down a starting spot on the wing but has completely bypassed the England Under-21 set-up in going straight from the U19s to the senior squad, already winning six caps for Gareth Southgate’s side.
No wonder, then, that several English clubs are looking at the feasibility of trying to bring back to England a youngster who was originally on Watford’s books before joining the Manchester City academy at the age of 14.
At the front of the queue are reported to be Manchester United, but the problem they have is that they blew their chance of qualifying for the Champions League at the end of last season and Sancho is said not to fancy the prospect of dropping down to Europa League football.
More appealing, if the youngster was to move this summer, could be Tottenham Hotspur, closer to where he grew up.
Spurs, unlike United, can offer Champions League participation, but you suspect that having already spent £60million on Tanguy Ndombele after a couple of frugal transfer windows, they would have to sell Christian Eriksen before shelling out £75million-plus on Sancho.
But potential suitors will not be limited to England for such a talented prospect. It would be no great surprise if the likes of Paris Saint-Germain or even Barcelona tried to snap up a player who appears destined for the very top.
Odds for Jadon Sancho’s club after the summer 2019 transfer window:
1/7 Borussia Dortmund (Paddy Power)
11/2 Tottenham Hotspur (Paddy Power
10/1 Manchester United (Paddy Power)
20/1 Barcelona (Paddy Power)
20/1 Paris Saint-Germain (William Hill)
33/1 Liverpool (Paddy Power)
33/1 Real Madrid (Paddy Power)
40/1 Arsenal (Paddy Power)
40/1 Bayern Munich (Paddy Power)
40/1 Manchester City (Paddy Power)
66/1 Chelsea (Paddy Power)