Manchester City have got the edge in the chase for former winger Jadon Sancho, according to a report.
City were the only Premier League big gun not mentioned as suitors for the Borussia Dortmund man this week, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea all keen on him, according to the Daily Mirror.
The report did inexplicably omit his former club City, whom he left in August 2017 for £8million, despite being offered around £30,000 a week by City.
Sancho, 18, was handed his first Bundesliga start of the season over the weekend in the 4-3 win over Augsburg and he has been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Dortmund believe Sancho can be as good as Ousmane Dembele, who left for Barcelona for €120million the same summer that Sancho arrived, and last week they tied him up with a new contract until 2022.
The Manchester Evening News report that City are believed to have a 15 per cent sell-on clause if Sancho is sold. But more importantly they claim City have a buy-back clause inserted in Sancho’s contract.
Therefore, they will get first refusal on the players, as long as they match the fee offered for Sancho.
It’s common practice to insert such clauses in Spain and former Barcelona chief Txiki Begiristain is believed to been instrumental in making sure the clause was in place when Sancho was sold.