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3 Potential destinations for Jadon Sancho this summer

Rahul Iyer
ANALYST
Rumors
Published 25 Nov 2019, 04:10 IST
25 Nov 2019, 04:10 IST

Sancho could have his pick of clubs to move to this summer Solskjaer has made it known that he would like to build a team based on young British talent
Sancho could have his pick of clubs to move to this summer Solskjaer has made it known that he would like to build a team based on young British talent

Kylian Mbappe. Gianluigi Donnarumma. Marcus Rashford. Matthijs de Ligt. As far as wonderkids go in the modern game, a certain Jadon Sancho is right up there with the best of them.

Ever since his move from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund in 2017, Sancho has proved that he has the quality to be a crucial part of virtually any team in the world. His fantastic ability, particularly with the ball at his feet, for someone as young as him (he is still just 19 years of age) has led to him being considered a vital cog in the Dortmund machine under manager Lucien Favre.

However, in recent weeks, something has seemed off about Sancho's overall happiness and satisfaction in Germany. Over the past (nearly) 3 years, it has always seemed, from the outside at least, that Sancho has always enjoyed his time in the Ruhr valley but the landscape looks to be shifting, and a big factor could be Dortmund's below-average start to the season. Die Schwarzgelben currently sit sixth in the Bundesliga, 5 points off leaders Borussia Monchengladbach, after a summer which saw them bring in Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz to take the extra step after running Bayern Munich close in the title race last term. Things have not panned out as planned, however.

Various media outlets have reported that Sancho is currently dissatisfied with his situation at Dortmund, especially after 2 notable incidents within the last month. First, the youngster was fined by his club after reporting back late after international duty with England, a measure many felt was slightly excessive. A couple of weeks later, in a 4-0 loss to Bayern, Sancho was substituted after just 36 minutes, with manager Lucien Favre confirming after the game that the England star had not been injured and that his performance had not been good enough. The gesture reportedly left Sancho feeling 'humiliated and scapegoated', with many now suggesting he could agitate for a move in the summer whilst acknowledging that a January move is unlikely.

To that end, here are 3 potential destinations for Jadon Sancho in the summer of 2020. 

Manchester United

Solskjaer has made it known that he would like to build a team based on young British talent

Given that Sancho made the move to Dortmund from Manchester City, it would be interesting to see if he would be open to making a move to their city rivals, Manchester United.

There are a couple of aspects of this deal that are in United's favour, however. Sancho would expect to have a starring role, which he would certainly be given in the current side, given their struggles in recent times. Additionally, they are one of the few clubs in Europe who would be able to afford the transfer fee, as well as the wages, that Dortmund and Sancho respectively would demand.

It is well known that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to build United around the talents of young British players for the long term, and Sancho fits that profile perfectly. Despite these positives, this admittedly is a move that seems a bit far-fetched.

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For a young man who would have his pick of European super clubs to choose from, it is unlikely that he would choose United, a team in transition and unlikely to be involved in the UEFA Champions League next season. There is a small chance that he may be persuaded to be part of the rebuild, but United is not what it used to be, so the probability of that happening is extremely small.

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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:08 IST
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