Manchester United did not mess around this time. The Red Devils have agreed in principle to a deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, one that would pay a beefy €120 million ($141 million) for his services, according to Christian Falk of Bild Sport.
The deal is expected to be paid in installments, something both clubs have happily agreed to do. The official bid must be submitted by next Monday, Aug. 10 to close out the deal.
According to The Guardian, the sum is actually €100 million ($117.4 million), which is still a record number for an English player transfer. After signing Harry Maguire for $110.9 million from Leicester last summer, Sancho’s acquisition would be the second time Manchester United has surpassed the record for an English player since appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the permanent manager.
Jadon Sancho was part of England’s Under-17 World Cup-winning squad in 2017, a stage he used to catapult his presence into 11 senior caps under Gareth Southgate in 2018. His move to Manchester United will have him competing for time in the midfield with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood, vying for minutes in a revamped attack.
Sancho began his career at Watford before making the move to Manchester City at the age of 14, though the youngster never made a first-team appearance for manager Pep Guardiola.
The slithery winger left Manchester City in 2017, breaking into the Bundesliga as one of the most sensational talents to grace the pitch. The 20-year old pumped in 17 league goals and 16 assists for Borussia Dortmund in 2019-20, now in line to sign a five-year contract at Old Trafford.