Manchester United are reportedly close to confirming the signing of Jadon Sancho after it was claimed the prospective club-record signing had taken a significant step forward over the weekend.
England winger Sancho, 20, has become one of European football’s hottest properties since his departure to the Bundesliga nearly three years ago.
The England international has stepped it up a gear this term, having scored 17 goals and assisted 19 others in 35 appearances and now reportedly tops Manchester United’s list of targets for the summer transfer window.
And while United tried, and failed, to sign him last summer, it looks increasingly likely that its a case of second time lucky for the Reds Devils after it was claimed Sancho had given the green light on a move to Old Trafford.
And now, according to The Sun, United are on the verge of securing the transfer of Sancho after their efforts to land him took a number of significant steps forward this weekend.
They claim, that after months of secret negotiations with his agent, that United have now made a major breakthrough after agreeing the length of contract, salary, bonuses and a buyout clause during talks with Old Trafford chiefs.
And with personal terms all agreed, they claim, most significantly of all, that Sancho has his heart set on a move to the Red Devils; news which will, almost certainly ensure his club Borussia Dortmund negotiate his transfer back to the Premier League.
That’s because last month, the Bundesliga club’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted that the player’s wishes would play a part in their thinking, though did warn any deal would be on their terms, and amid reports they had set a €130m (£116.2m) fee on his head.
Watzke told Bild: “You always have to respect what the player wants.
“We said before coronavirus that our favourite idea is that Jadon will stay with us.
“I can say that even the very rich clubs, despite the existing crisis, don’t believe they can go on a bargain tour with us.
“We don’t have to sell anyone below value.”
Sancho is under contract at the Westfalenstadion until 2022 after penning an extension in October 2018, but has fallen out with the club on a few occasions this season.
Furthermore, it was suggested the player will wear the No 7 shirt and will opt to move to United regardless of whether the club secure Champions League football or not.
And while nothing has been confirmed at this stage, an Instagram live chat that Sancho took part in recently has now added serious fuel to the fire that a move to Old Trafford is on the cards when the window opens.
During his video, one fan wrote to the player saying: “Sip water if your (sp) joining united.”
After appearing to consider his reaction for a second, Sancho then took a big gulp of water from his water bottle.
Sancho signing hint from Rashford
Sancho’s international teammate Marcus Rashford has done little to play down the speculation when he was recently asked about the prospect of linking up with Sancho at club level.
Speaking on an Instagram Q&A with Bleacher Report, Rashford said: “It obviously would be good, Sancho’s a great player, a new generation player.
“It’s definitely exciting to watch the player he’s becoming. Hopefully we can all play together, that would be good.”
A move to United has also been given a ringing endorsement by former Watford striker Luther Blissett, who believes the Red Devils would be the ideal club for Sancho to return to the Premier League.
“There are clearly a lot of potential offers on the table,” Blissett told talkSPORT.
“If he’s going to be leaving the Bundesliga now the only country he can go to is back to the Premier League.
“The Premier League is what the Serie A was when back in the 1980s, you’ve got all the big-name stars there at the end of the day – it’s the place to be.
“He’s just got to choose the place that suits him and when he gets there he’ll be able to perform in the manner he does at Dortmund.
“United have showed interest so that’s got to be a big draw for him to go to a club of that stature.
“For me if all things are in the right place, and especially if they get into the Champions League, then it’s absolutely the right club to go too.”