Friday, July 23, 2021

Transfer News: Jadon Sancho Signing Announced by Manchester United

Manchester United announced the signing of Jadon Sancho to a five-year contract with an additional one-year option. The club had pursued the English international since demurring at a transfer price asked in excess of £100 million last summer. The reduced transfer fee now payable to Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund is £73 million. The long-rumored deal for the winger upgrades Manchester United’s right flank with one of the more productive players in Europe. Over the past two years, Sancho’s 2.8 chances created per 90 minutes of play is comparable to that of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and far surpasses that of other young stars such as Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Chelsea’s Mason Mount, and new Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford. Sancho’s combined 78 goals and assists for the past three seasons is equal to that of Harry Kane, the 2020/21 Premier League goals and assists leader.

Following a promising youth career at Manchester City, Sancho left the English club in search of senior level playing time four years ago and became the first English player to start a match for Borussia Dortmund. Surprisingly, Sancho did not figure prominently for England manager Gareth Southgate during the recent European Championship before the London native missed a kick in the final penalty shootout. Sancho’s ability to break down defenders is a boost for a Red Devil side which has struggled at times to penetrate packed defenses.  

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