The annual Jadon Sancho “will he stay or will he go?” saga is in full force this week. In today’s episode, Sport Bild have reported that the young English forward hopes to make a move to the Premier League this summer.
Jadon Sancho has decided he DOES want to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to Sport Bild— Goal (@goal) June 10, 2020
Manchester United are said to be the frontrunners, but don't want to pay Dortmund's asking price pic.twitter.com/x67CLSfubB
The 20 year-old phenom has arguably been the MVP of the Bundesliga season, with 17 goals and 16 assists, tied with Robert Lewandowski for the most Goals + Assists of any player in the Bundesliga. His performance thus far has been reminiscent of Kevin de Bruyne’s incredible season in 2014-15, which led to the Belgian midfielder’s transfer to Manchester City. The idea of acquiring the next Kevin de Bruyne, and an Englishman no less, has to be tantalizing to any Premier League club that can afford him.
The logical destination for Sancho is, of course, Manchester United. Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson departed, the Red Devils have been looking for a return to the glory days, and a generational youngster like Jadon Sancho would be just what they need to make this a reality.
If the rumors are true, and BVB don’t try to get in the way of Sancho’s departure, the main sticking point between Dortmund and Manchester United will be price. Borussia Dortmund have reportedly set a selling price of €130 million, while Manchester United have reportedly offered a bid of £80 million (~€90 million), plus an additional £20 million in add-ons. With Chelsea going after Timo Werner instead and Liverpool and Man City looking elsewhere, it’s unclear whether Dortmund will have many alternative buyers who could help jumpstart a bidding war.
Jadon Sancho has been spectacular for Borussia Dortmund, but we’ve known for some time that his stint in Germany would be a temporary one. For now, we can only hope that these rumors are untrue, and Jadon Sancho decides to stick around in Dortmund for a little while longer.