Manchester United Set to Sign Sancho
English Side, Manchester United are set to sign Jadon Sancho with the England international committing to Old Trafford for next season.
Jadon Sancho has exploded onto the scene with Borussia Dortmund, and this season became the first player in any of Europe’s five major leagues to hit double figures for both goals and assists, but what is it that makes him so effective?
London-born, Watford- and Manchester City-raised but most definitely Dortmund-bred, Sancho swapped the English Premier League for the Signal Iduna Park in the summer of 2017 with first-team opportunities at a premium.
Two-and-a-half short seasons later and Sancho is a world-class winger with 27 goals and 33 assists in 69 Bundesliga games to his name, who has also collected a DFL Supercup and 11 England caps.
Dortmund are one of the best clubs in the world for young players – Erling Haaland and Achraf Hakimi have also been lighting up the European game despite still being eligible for U21 football – but Sancho is arguably the furthest along in his progress.
Perhaps the most striking facet of Sancho’s play, and the one most likely to lift fans off their seats, is Sancho’s silky ball control.
Born to Trinidadian parents in Camberwell, South London, Sancho grew up good friends with Reiss Nelson, the Arsenal winger who spent the 2018/19 season on loan with Hoffenheim. The pair honed their skills on the streets, competing and spurring one another onto greater heights. By the time the Southwark London Youth Games came along in 2011, having them both on the same team was borderline unfair.
“When I saw Jadon and Reiss I thought ‘these boys are mad,'” Sayce Holmes-Lewis, a former coach and teacher, explained to the Daily Mail. “Jadon was just making people look stupid. The nutmegs, the skills. Some were outrageous. And it was other academy players they were doing this against.”
The Sun reports that the 20-year-old wants to join the Red Devils and the two clubs are close to coming to an agreement for a transfer fee of around £100 million.
Man Utd coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to put Sancho in an all-English attack also featuring Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.