Manchester City have sold Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund. They could have received more from a rival Premier League side, but City were keen to keep him from joining another English team. Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham had all been following his developments, but he will now move to the Bundesliga.
For those that don’t know about Sancho, he is one of the best talents in this country and won the player of the tournament at the Under-17 European Championships in May. City were desperate to keep him, but they couldn’t offer him the first-team football that he was looking for. The club offered him £30,000-a-week to stay at the club, according to the Mirror, but he wanted to seek regular game-time instead.
The attacker has taken the number seven shirt that was recently vacated by Ousmane Dembele. That shows the faith that his new club has in him and it would be a surprise if he isn’t given first-team opportunities this season. Dortmund gave him a tour of their training facilities earlier in the summer and have remained in contact with him. They will see this as a real coup.
There is a growing trend of young English players moving to the Bundesliga and that is encouraging for the national team. They will get better training in Germany and are more likely to be given a chance in the first-team. The Premier League is the best league in the world in some aspects, but developing youth isn’t one of them.
Michael Zorc was excited by the signing and told the club website:
“We’re delighted that Jadon Sancho, who is at present one of the hottest prospects in European football, wants to and will play for Borussia Dortmund. We’re convinced that we’ll be able to help this very young player to further develop his game and to make him into a valuable addition to our team in the medium-term,”
Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 31, 2017
Jadon Sancho going to Dortmund is actually fascinating. Have to love the growing trend of English players being bold enough to go abroad.
— Seb Stafford-Bloor (@SebSB) August 31, 2017
Borussia Dortmund have signed Manchester City's Jadon Sancho, MCFC academy's brightest prospect.
Pep Guardiola's youth movement paying off.
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) August 31, 2017
July: Jadon Sancho is homesick and wants to return home – London.
August: Sancho joins Dortmund. pic.twitter.com/ApbLZBn0ep
— City Chief ? (@City_Chief) August 31, 2017
I'm calling it now. Jadon Sancho is going to be #mcfc's Pogba moment.
— Matt (@mj_hale) August 31, 2017
I understand Sancho deal with Dortmund done for around £8m with substantial sell-on clause. #MCFC
— Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) August 31, 2017
City fans were disappointed that the club let him leave:
In 3 years, teams will be lining up at Dortmund's door to pay 70m for Sancho. Really gutted to see him go ngl. #MCFC
— Macaroni (@ForzaMacaroni) August 31, 2017
— Glauber Berty (@GlauberBerty) August 31, 2017
— tonicello (@tonicello_ejis) August 31, 2017
— jøsh (@joshwahballs) August 31, 2017