When will the dynamic English boy Jadon Sancho would return home? When will Manchester United sign Sancho? Will Sancho ever return home or join Manchester United?
Deal announced for €85m guaranteed [agents fee not included] and “subject to the successful completion of all necessary medical tests”.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 1, 2021
Such questions kept on wandering around the English Football arena. Surely, the English would want their talented boy feature at their own football league rather than Germany and finally, the wait is over.
According to The Guardian, “Jadon Sancho is poised to finally join Manchester United after an initial transfer fee of £73m was agreed with Borussia Dortmund. The winger has agreed with a five-year deal.”
“The deal includes £5m in add-ons but they have been described as quite difficult to reach. The deal for the 21-year-old is subject to a medical but neither club expect any issues.”
“The transfer will bring to a close one of the longest-running sagas of the past few years. United have been keen to sign Sancho for some time but not quite reached an agreement. Dortmund were keen to sell this summer and in the end, a compromise was reached.”
Borussia Dortmund didn't want to sell Jadon Sancho 😢 pic.twitter.com/JvVeTHPyOf
— Goal (@goal) July 1, 2021
Sancho has requested to don the number 7 shirt.
That shirt is worn by Edinson Cavani, who signed a fresh one-year deal towards the close of last season.
As the 34-year-old centre-forward ended with 15 goals at a strike rate of around 129 minutes for each, United’s best by some margin, Ole Gunnar Solskjær may be minded not to agree to Sancho’s request unless the Uruguayan is happy to give up the shirt.
Beyond Sancho, Solskjær is also targeting a defensive midfielder, a centre-back and a striker.
West Ham’s Declan Rice, Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Tottenham’s Harry Kane are on the list but with Manchester City favourites to sign Kane, plus the fee for Sancho, it would be interesting to see whether Ole could fulfil his wishes or not.
Anyhow, the focus would be on Sancho.
🎙 Hans-Joachim Watzke on Jadon Sancho:pic.twitter.com/C84E69Uxit
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) July 1, 2021
Sancho was born in Camberwell, Greater London to parents from Trinidad and Tobago.
He was raised in Kennington.
He became friends with fellow aspiring footballer Reiss Nelson, who lived nearby after they played together in youth tournaments.
While growing up, he was a Chelsea fan and idolised Ronaldinho and Frank Lampard.
Sancho joined Watford at the age of seven.
Due to issues with commuting across London to the club’s academy, he moved into accommodation provided by Watford and began attending their partner school Harefield Academy as a boarder, aged 11.
Erling Haaland's father reacts to Jadon Sancho's move to Manchester United 😅 pic.twitter.com/p2Sk4Lt2Qi
— utdreport (@utdreport) June 30, 2021
At the age of 14, he told his Watford under-15s coach about his intention to play for England.
At the age of 14, he moved to Manchester City in March 2015 for an initial fee of £66,000 under the EPPP, potentially rising to £500,000 with add-ons.
Sancho continued to impress in the Manchester City academy and was one of a trio of players that the Manchester City chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, said would be fast-tracked into the senior set-up in May 2017.
In July 2017, Sancho was omitted from Manchester City’s pre-season tour squad due to a dispute over assurances of playing time in a new contract.
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 1, 2021
It was subsequently reported that Sancho was attempting to engineer a move away from the club and City were alarmed at Sancho’s attitude after missing training following a pre-season tour.
Sancho signed for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 for a fee reported to be in the region of £8 million and was immediately included in the first-team squad.
He later stated that he felt confident in making the move abroad due to his previous experiences in relocating with Watford and Manchester City.
Sancho made his debut for the club against Eintracht Frankfurt in 21 October 2017, coming on as a substitute with six minutes left of the match, becoming the first Englishman to play a Bundesliga match for Dortmund.
Big news in The @premierleague today. I think @Sanchooo10 is a top player and could be a great signing. Not sure what to make of Benitez going to @Everton and it’s desperation stakes @SpursOfficial at present.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) June 30, 2021
Sancho made his first league start for Dortmund on 14 January 2018.
In 2021, while setting up Mahmoud Dahoud’s opener in the 3-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld, Sancho became the youngest-ever player to reach 50 Bundesliga assists.
Not only is he the youngest, but no player has reached that milestone faster than Sancho, who achieved the feat in just 99 appearances in the German top flight.
With his peach of an effort against Club Brugge in the Champions League, Sancho became the first English player to score directly from a free-kick for an overseas club in the Champions League since David Beckham did so for Real Madrid against Rosenborg back in 2005.
Since the start of the 2018/19 season, only two players have scored 30+ goals and provided 30+ assists in a top-five European league.
Lionel Messi 🤝 Jadon Sancho pic.twitter.com/exUDA3ELgW
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 30, 2021
Till March 1, 2021, Dortmund were yet to lose a Bundesliga match that Sancho has scored in. He’s scored 36 goals in 31 different games (25 wins, six draws).
Sancho finished the Bundesliga 2019-20 Bundesliga with 17 assists and 16 goals. In doing so, he became the first English player to register more than 15 goals and 15 assists in a major European league since Matt Le Tissier for Southampton back in the 1994-95 Premier League season.
Dortmund is the club for nurturing the youngsters. Last season that included Sancho, Erling Braut Haaland, Reiner Jesus, Jude Bellingham and Gio Reyna. Haaland is 20, Bellingham, Jesus is 18 and Reyna just 18.
“It is obvious,” said Sancho, when asked in a 2019 interview why he joined Dortmund.
Jadon Sancho aged 16-18:
🔵35 games, 20 goals & 8 assists for Man City youth
🏴36 games, 23 goals & 15 assists for England youth
Destined for greatness. pic.twitter.com/ZYKcnk9hkh
— Football Talent Scout – Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) July 1, 2021
“They play a lot of young players. They have faith in young players.”
“It is a big club, in a good league, so why not?”
Given he has never been particularly comfortable in the spotlight or doing media, that suited him just fine.
“Dortmund is very quiet,” said Sancho.
“London is busier. Dortmund is very chilled, but I like this because I can relax.”
The experience is about to change in England.
— Faisal Caesar (@faisalyorker1) July 1, 2021
Sancho either plays as a second striker, centre forward or winger and his pace and skill impressed everyone.
There is a touch of a street footballer in Sancho.
“The street football will never leave me,” he said in an interview with Dortmund’s YouTube channel. “I grew up with it.
“What I learned from street football is what I have always been doing. It is very different. Football is about having fun.”
“My strengths? Skills, dribbling, scoring,” said Sancho
“If you are serious about football, you have to make sacrifices.”
“You can’t be afraid. You can’t be the best if you don’t take chances.”
BBC wrote, “People around Dortmund wondered prior to Euro 2020 whether England boss Gareth Southgate knew how to integrate that talent into his team. Four games later, Sancho has played for just six minutes. Now the job falls to Solskjaer.”
Despite, the English fans crying out loud for the inclusion of Sancho in the starting XI in the ongoing Euro, Southgate seems to stick to his plan, which has paid off till now and surely, how Ole utilizes the best of Sancho would be a subject of interest. Surely, Ole would not be able to deny the productivity of Sancho at all. He should start first hand in that redshirt.