Paying the massive fee required to prise Manchester United target Jadon Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund would be a “no brainer”, according to Jamie Carragher.
The England international has been a revelation since leaving Manchester City for Germany in 2017, notching a remarkable 25 goals and 31 assists in 65 Bundesliga appearances.
That form has helped cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad and speculation has been mounting about where Sancho, who only turns 20 next month, could end up after the 2020 summer transfer window.
Man United are among a host of Premier League and European giants linked with Sancho — who is likely to demand a fee in excess of £100m — and former Liverpool defender Carragher believes Sancho would be well worth the financial outlay.
“Sancho is one of the best young players at the moment in world football, especially when you look at his actual stats for Borussia Dortmund,” he told Sky Sports.
“He’s an English player who I think will be desperate to come back, so I think he’ll be the hottest thing everyone in the Premier League will be looking to bring in.
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“Will he be a hit? I think so. It’s a no-brainer, look at how well he has played in a top league with a top club under pressure. He’s playing week in, week out, his numbers are fantastic and his age is just perfect.”
Carragher also compared Sancho to England and former Man City teammate Raheem Sterling, highlighting the similarities between the goalscoring and creative output of the two players.
“I think Sancho will have his pick of top clubs in the Premier League, and though the fee may look eye-watering, I think it’ll be one of them that over time will look cheap. You’re going to get a good player for 10 years there if you keep him at your club,” he added.
“If you think about the development of Raheem Sterling at Manchester City, it feels like something similar could happen. It feels like he could be the next Raheem Sterling in terms of goals and assists numbers.”
This season alone, Sancho has 14 goals and 15 assists across 25 Bundesliga and Champions League appearances combined, helping Borussia Dortmund remain within just four points of the German top-flight summit.
Die Borussen host Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.