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Borussia Dortmund confirm Man Utd transfer deal in principle for Jadon Sancho

By Chris Smith

Published: 10:56, 1 July 2021 | Updated: 19:04, 10 September 2021

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed they’ve reached an agreement in principle with Manchester United over the transfer of Jadon Sancho.

The England international, currently on duty with the Three Lions at the European Championships, has long been a rumoured target of the Red Devils after bursting on the scene in Germany four years ago following a move from Manchester City.

In 137 appearances across all competitions for the Black and Yellows, Sancho scored 50 goals and provided 64 assists, most recently helping the club win the DFB-Pokal last season.

Despite struggling for minutes at Euro 2020, Sancho is seen as one of the brightest prospects in English football and now, Dortmund have confirmed an €85m (£73m) agreement with Man Utd for the 21-year-old.

Jadon Sancho is about to move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United Football Club,” read a statement on Dortmund’s official website. “Both clubs and the player reached an agreement on this today. If the transfer is realized, Manchester United will pay BVB a fixed transfer fee of €85.0 million.”

On negotiations with Sancho himself, Dortmund added: “The contractual details now have to be coordinated and documented. The formal processing of the transfer is also subject to the successful completion of all necessary medical tests and examinations, a coordination procedure with the player’s previous club and the proper and timely processing in accordance with the provisions of the FIFA Transfer Matching System.”

Though United finished second in the Premier League last season, they were 12 points adrift of rivals Man City and never truly threatened in the title race. What’s more, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally guided his side to a first cup final in the Europa League after a series of semi-final defeats, but disappointed with a penalty shootout loss to Villarreal.

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Given his offensive output and the fact he inspired Dortmund to a trophy in his final season at the club — not to mention his already extensive Champions League pedigree — Sancho should provide United with the attacking boost they need to further compete with the likes of City, Liverpool and Chelsea in the coming season.