Transfer Rumors: Manchester City have first refusal on Jadon Sancho


Former Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho is excelling at Borussia Dortmund but a path back to Manchester is laid out for him

Most Manchester City fans, and England ones too, are already familiar with the name Jadon Sancho and now Borussia Dortmund and Bundesliga fans certainly are as well. The young Englishman was sold to Dortmund in August 2017 for £8 million at just 17-years-old and was included in their first team squad for the 17-18 season.

Sancho only made 12 appearances for black and yellow last year but has already surpassed that number this season and has been a revelation on the wings. The winger has scored five goals in 13 appearances for BVB and has provided USMNT winger Christian Pulisic with plenty of competition for his once guaranteed place in the side.

With his stellar performances and his call up to the senior England squad, the big clubs are beginning to circle like vultures around the young talent. All the usual suspects such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all rumored to be interested and they all rightfully should be. It is not so often that a young English talent lights up a foreign league and garners so much attention at such a young age.

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The price tag in this inflated market is supposedly £100 million, which may be a discount given that Kylian Mbappe’s rumored fee in a move from Monaco to PSG was €145 million plus another €35 million in add-ons.

Fear not though, Cityzens as the Manchester City brass knew the youngster would be special and, according to the Manchester Evening News, placed a buyback clause in Jadon Sancho’s transfer that would give them the right of first refusal.

We have seen clubs like Chelsea do the same with their sales of players like Thorgan Hazard, Nathaniel Chalobah, Nathan Ake, and Bertrand Traore but they have yet to pull the trigger on any of those deals.

The right of first refusal sounds like something out of the movie Braveheart, it is just a fancy way of saying that City will be able to match any transfer offer that Borussia Dortmund receive for Sancho should they choose to sell him. There is also the added bonus that if City were to pass on matching said offer, they will receive 15% of his transfer fee which should make for a tidy profit on a player they spent £60k on as a youth.

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As we have seen with other signings, money is usually no obstacle for the Manchester City brass and if a bright young English talent was available on the market and headed to a Premier League rival, it’s hard to imagine them passing up on bringing him in. City already have two Three Lions regulars in Raheem Sterling and John Stones but the prospect of having two dynamite English dynamos bombing up and down the wings may be juicy to pass up.