Dimitar Berbatov believes Jadon Sancho will not think twice about joining Manchester United if they were to approach him in the summer.
The 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund forward has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Sancho’s outstanding 2019/20 season: Five key things to know…
- Sancho has scored 14 goals and created 15 more in the Bundesliga this season.
- He’s either scored or assisted every 62 minutes for Borussia Dortmund.
- His 31% shot conversion rate is an improvement on last season (30%).
- Ciro Immobile (34) and Lionel Messi (31) are the only players across Europe’s top five leagues to have been involved in more goals than Sancho (29) this season.
- Only Messi and Sancho have reached double figures in terms of goals and assists this season.
Sancho initially joined BVB from Manchester City in 2017 after it became apparent he wouldn’t be able to cement a regular starting berth in Pep Guardiola’s first team.
His gamble ultimately paid off as he’s been a mainstay at the German outfit and, to date, has made 90 appearances in all competitions registering 31 goals and creating a further 42 for his teammates.
Such performances naturally attracted the attention of many superclubs across Europe with BVB sporting director Michael Zorc conceding this could very well be his final season at the club.
Of those reportedly interested, Man Utd’s name has popped up frequently of late. Sancho’s current deal at the Westfalenstadion expires in June 2022 meaning if he was to leave in the summer then it will no doubt be for a large sum.
Berbatov, who enjoyed a successful period as a Red Devil, feels Sancho would be keen to link up with Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s men and in turn, he’d present the Norwegian coach a pleasant headache.
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“This week there’s been a lot of talk about Jadon Sancho moving to Manchester United, in his case, because he’s English and Man United are in for you, I don’t think he will think twice about moving there,” he told Betfair.
“I have said it before, he has the quality, the pace, the goals and the assists to play for them, I’m sure he would like to continue in the national team as well and Gareth Southgate will watch him more if he is playing in the Premier League.
“For me, if they get him, he is going to be a great addition but I’m curious to see how they would line up. United have Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood and possibly Sancho next season, even though you want that competition, for young players it could be tricky to see them all playing at the same time.
“If he is going to move somewhere else, he needs to know that he is going to play regularly, there is no point going somewhere else and not playing as much as you want. Ultimately, it is down to you, when you get the chance to show you can play, you have to take it and show what you can do.
“Also, when you play abroad you always want to go back to your home country. When that happens to be England and the Premier League, you’re going to jump at the chance if the right team comes in for you.
“He could be a great addition, he needs to step up, play, score and advance to the next stage of development. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is slowly, but surely, building up a team of young players with a mix of experience, and as we can see, it has been getting results, so it’s good to see them moving in the right direction and if Sancho is next then it will be great for the team.”