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Could Sancho’s European Adventure be Over?

Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho may have had a short career so far but he has already become one of the most sought after players in world football, with a host of high profile clubs looking to prize him away from Borussia Dortmund.

In 2017, Borussia Dortmund paid Manchester City £8 million for Sancho and the young right winger jumped at the chance of first team football. Whilst he had the pace and acceleration to burst away from defenders before he left England, whilst playing in front of the famous Yellow Wall at Dortmund he has added a great amount of technical ability to his game which has helped him to become one of the most promising players in Europe and one of the first in a new wave of young English players to move abroad to increase their playing time.

Whilst he has gained a lot from his time at Signal Iduna Park, things appeared to have soured in the last few months as rumours have intensified that Sancho is looking to leave and is feeling unappreciated by the club who showed faith in him just over two years ago. The 19 year old was recently left out of the Dortmund squad to face Borussia Monchengladbach and fined a weeks wages after returning late from England duty, as well as being benched for their Champions League clash against Barcelona for turning up late to a team meeting. These issues have meant that clubs across Europe are now queuing up to try and secure his signature as players of this quality don’t come around often.

Seemingly, the favourites to sign the London born player are Liverpool. Whilst he may have his work cut out trying to break into the team ahead of the potent attacking trio the club already have at their disposal, the chance to be coached by Jurgen Klopp is hard to ignore for so many young players. The work the German manager has previously done with young players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez was epitomised by Liverpool’s success in the Champions League last season.

If Klopp can also help get the best out of Sancho then both the player and the club could hugely benefit as Liverpool look to add more trophies to their cabinet and Sancho looks to fulfil his clear potential. However, whilst this may seem like the perfect match (and the players preferred destination if reports are to be believed) Liverpool have recently agreed to sign Takumi Minamino. With Minamino likely filling in as Mane’s backup, their squad now looks to be filled from an attacking point of view, jeopardising Sancho’s chances of moving to Merseyside.

Manchester United could now potentially look to make a move for Sancho to reinvigorate their attack after a disappointing first half of the season. However, the reported £127m price tag may deter the Club’s interest, as reports suggest United will instead look to purchase a striker after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku in the Summer.

Chelsea remain another option for Sancho as now the Club’s transfer ban has been lifted, Frank Lampard has publicly stated that his main priority in the transfer window is to replace Eden Hazard. The Englishman has been in scintillating form this season and could be one of the only player’s in world football that could fill the void left by the Belgian when he departed for Real Madrid. A return to London could also prove too tempting for Sancho to turn down and therefore, Chelsea would appear to be frontrunners in the race for his signature.

If the young England international focuses and toes the line there is still a chance that he could stay with Dortmund where he is largely adored by the fans given his many impressive displays for the Club in his relatively short time there. The current manager, Lucien Favre, might need some convincing given the increasing regularity of Sancho’s indiscretions but if he can continue to produce for the team on the pitch and prove he is happy in Dortmund, Favre may be unable to look this as the Club looks to secure its first Bundesliga title since 2012.

Some of the other clubs that are interested include Spanish heavyweights, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Barcelona might be looking at Sancho to replace formed Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele, who has failed to live up to expectations and had repeated injury problems since joining the Catalonian club. Whilst Los Blancos will almost certainly be looking for a replacement for Gareth Bale, who continues to be linked with a move away from the Spanish capital after falling out of favour with current manager Zinedine Zidane. French giants PSG could also be tempted to make a bid for the Englishman as Tuchel seems to be having problems with Neymar amid rumours that the Brazilian is also on his way out after their Qatari owners spent a world-record fee to bring the player to Paris.

We would currently value Jadon Sancho at £7.44 million. This valuation is so low because of his relative inexperience at Club and international level, as his first senior cap only came in October 2018. If his rapid development continues as expected, his value could explode as long as he continues to play at the highest level on a regular basis for Club and Country. Given that his current contract doesn’t expire until 2022, Dortmund are in no rush to sell him and given the clubs that are reported to be interested in him and his form over the last couple of seasons, it’s almost certain that he will go for a transfer fee well into the tens of millions and the final offer could even be north of £100 million.


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