Man Utd ‘pushing hard’ to tempt City youngster to swap allegiances

Date published: Wednesday 2nd August 2017 11:49

Manchester United have emerged as one of three Premier League clubs trying to sign Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho.

The other two Premier League clubs reported to be interested are north London rivals, Arsenal and Tottenham, according to the Manchester Evening News.

It is understood that Sancho, 17, was left behind when the City squad flew to America for their pre-season tour, amid rumours the player had refused a new contract after learning of the interest in him.

Despite the England under-17 international preferring a move back closer to home in London, United believe they can convince the promising youngster to remain in the North-West, and claim they are ‘pushing hard’ to get the deal complete.

Sancho was voted the ‘Golden Player’ after his impressive performances at the Under-17 European Championship in Croatia.

He ended the tournament with five goals, and five assists, and those glistening performances have helped him build an impressive portfolio of clubs that admire his talent.

M.E.N. also report that the 17-year-old would be open to a loan move abroad, possibly to RB Leipzig, to gain first team experience.

They understand that the loan move may open the door wider for a move away from City, due to the fact he is on a youth contract, so should he move, the buying club would owe compensation.

The City youngster was understood to be left frustrated as fellow youth players Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz both flew to America for the tour.

Pep Guardiola’s decision was a strange one, as Sancho was one of the players praised by City’s Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, as having a good chance of breaking into the first team this season.

“You look at Sancho, you look at Phil Foden, you look at Brahim Diaz, just to name a few. These are players that are extremely talented. These are players who have a very good chance of making it to the first-team.

“And these are players that if you ask Pep today he will tell you they can and will be first team players at Manchester City. There is a balance that you have to strike,” Khaldoon said.

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