Manchester United have signed Jadon Sancho to a five-year deal after agreeing to a $100 million transfer fee with Borussia Dortmund
Sancho scored 50 goals in 137 games for Dortmund between 2017 and 2021
United remain +800 long shots to win Premier League title next term
On Friday, Manchester United officially announced the signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. The England international is set to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on a five-year deal with an option for another year. Back on July 1, Dortmund confirmed that the two sides had agreed on a transfer fee worth $99.98 million for the player. The final details left to hammer out were Sancho’s physical and the terms of his contract with his new club.
The deal had to be put on hold until the end of England’s run at Euro 2020. Sancho and new teammate Marcus Rashford both missed penalties in the Three Lions’ loss to Italy in the final back on July 11. Sancho has spent time after the tournament on holiday before finally arriving in Manchester this week.
Sancho said, “The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League. This is a young and exciting squad and I know, together, we can develop into something special to bring the success that the fans deserve.”
Sancho Wanted The Move
United have been tracking Sancho’s status in Germany for well over a year. The 21-year-old London native began his youth career with Watford in 2007 before moving to Manchester City in 2015. Dortmund paid around $10 million to pry Sancho from City back in 2017, where he has since gone on to become a regular in one of the best sides in Europe. Sancho scored 50 goals in 137 appearances in all competitions for the Dortmund senior side between 2017 and this past season.
Sancho was named to the Bundesliga Team of the Season in both 2019 and 2020 before suffering through a more injury-riddled campaign last term. Dortmund had said that they wanted to keep Sancho through the summer, but the player reportedly pushed for the move back to England.
Solskjaer said, “Jadon epitomizes the type of player I want to bring to the club, he is a forward player in the best traditions of Manchester United. He will form an integral part of my squad for years to come and we look forward to seeing him blossom. His goals and assists records speak for themselves and he will also bring tremendous pace, flair and creativity to the team. Old Trafford will give him the platform he needs to release his untapped talent and perform at the highest level. For a player of his age, Jadon has already achieved a great deal and showed the courage to go and prove himself abroad.”
He added, “We all look forward to welcoming Jadon to the squad as we prepare for the new campaign.”
United Still Premier League Long Shots
United reportedly tried to sign Sancho last summer, but Dortmund balked at the Red Devils’ offer. Dortmund initially sought nearly $150 million for a player many view as one of the most promising young talents in Europe before the two sides ultimately agreed on the aforementioned fee in the $100 million range.
As a part of the deal, Manchester City will earn 15 percent of the profit that Dortmund turned on the deal. That means City will earn about $13 million as a result of a sell-on clause that was part of Dortmund’s initial agreement to sign him away from Manchester.
United finished second in the Premier League last season, 12 points behind City. The Red Devils’ second-place finish in the league was their best since finishing as runners-up under Jose Mourinho back in 2017-18. City, who have already had an active summer of their own, are -160 favorites to repeat as Premier League champs next season. United’s odds sit at a relatively distant +800, which puts them behind both Liverpool (+500) and Chelsea (+500).
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