City lead chase for Dortmund star

Sancho - Was a star of the Manchester City youth team

Sancho – Was a star of the Manchester City youth team

MANCHESTER City have an edge on their rivals if they ever try to re-sign new England star Jadon Sancho.

The Blues sold the 18-year-old winger to Borussia Dortmund for around £8million in the summer of 2017, after the Londoner decided against signing a lucrative new deal.

City had offered him the biggest deal in the history of their academy – said to be around £30,000 a week – but when he insisted on a move, they made it plain they would not sell to a Premier League rival.

Sancho felt his chances of first-team football would be higher if he moved on, and was bold enough to accept the offer from a Bundesliga club with a track record of blooding, and improving, young players.

The deal was a good one for a player who had not been involved in the first team – although he was set to be fast-tracked into the first-team squad alongside youth team pals Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz.

City paid around £66,000 for the player when he was a dazzling 14-year-old at Watford, who also picked up around £800,000 as their cut of the sale to Dortmund.

So the Blues have already made a profit, while Sancho has quickly made a name for himself at the Westfalenstadion, with a goal and six assists – putting him top of the Bundesliga assists table – as Dortmund have claimed top spot in the league.

Sancho capped that with a call-up to the senior England squad this week, joining up with Gareth Southgate’s boys for the Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.

There is already talk of a £100million price tag on his head, with Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea all said to be interested parties.

Dortmund have moved to protect their asset by tying him up with a new contract until 2022 and, if he does move, City are believed to have a 15 per cent sell-on clause.

The player insists he has no ill feelings towards the Blues, who left him out of the US summer tour in 2017 as he was stalling over a new contract, and he reacted by failing to turn up for training.

He did say he “had a point to prove” when he helped Dortmund beat City in a pre-season friendly in Chicago this summer, but there appears to be no serious bad blood over the matter.

His former England youth team coach Dan Micciche has already suggested Sancho could develop into being the national team’s own version of a Brazilian great.

“Provided he doesn’t become restricted he could be our Neymar-type player – in terms of being unpredictable, playing on that left-hand side,” he said.

“And he’s flamboyant, entertaining to watch. But like Neymar, he’s effective with it.

“In most games he’ll create something – it’s not a beauty contest. He’s not on the pitch flicking it over someone’s head for the sake of it.”

Manchester EveningNews

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