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13 February 2020 12:30

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Gareth Southgate was impressed enough to bring Sancho into his England set-up and he's not a certainty for Euro 2020 this summer, but it could also be a big summer for him in terms of his club football. He has flourished in Germany when starring for Dortmund in both domestic and Champions League competition, where he has been banging in the goals but also laying on assists by the bucket load. The 19-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence over the last two seasons after walking away from Manchester City to try his hand in the Bundesliga with Dortmund. "He will leave Dortmund this summer, that's for sure," von Eichmann told Sky Sports News. Sky Germany reporter Jesco von Eichmann told Sky Sports News that Sancho was now certain to leave Dortmund as long as an offer of at least £100m arrives.

Manchester United were favourites at one stage to sign Sancho during the January transfer window but no move came about, but they are again leading the chase as betting favourites to sign him in the summer. Sancho has 24 goals and 27 assists since the start of last season for Dortmund – with his assist total being the biggest across all five major leagues in Europe – even more than next-best Lionel Messi. The fact he's done it in the Champions League has only increased his allure, and the combined total of goals and assists over the last couple of seasons really does put him in elite company, right up there even with Messi. This transfer is a tricky one, as a player of his talent deserves to be playing at the very highest level, and right now that's Liverpool and Man City, but neither club seems to want to sign him at the price Dortmund will command. That leads us back to Manchester United, but would Sancho fancy Old Trafford right now?

Are leading the race but surely their hopes lie with Champions League qualification, as it's a big ask for a player like Sancho who is now in elite company to merely feature in the Europa League. He'd be a huge addition for the Red Devils and their fans would be delirious if they could lure him to Manchester - and it'd be especially sweet if he could go on to become a star after effectively being let go by Man City. Wages and price tag are still no problem to United - it's that Champions League factor that could prove decisive. There's absolutely no doubt that Sancho would fit in brilliantly to the Liverpool system as well, operating in one of the two wide forward roles that Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have been tearing teams apart from over the last couple of years. Sancho would be a superb option if Salah or Mane wanted to leave Anfield, but neither have shown any sign of that as of yet.

City have the option to match any offer Dortmund receive for Sancho and try and sign him back from the German side, but just looking across Manchester at the Paul Pogba situation tells you how tricky it can be bringing back a player you let go for a hefty fee. Sancho certainly fits into Chelsea's new young English spine, and what a way to back Frank Lampard by handing him a massive transfer - but the only problem here is that the Blues are about to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax. That ends their option of signing Sancho, as they've also got the licks of Mount, Pulisic, Willian and Hudson-Odoi operating in advanced wide roles at Stamford Bridge - some of them would have to leave to make way. Liverpool want to beat Manchester United to the signing of Jadon Sancho, and believe they can do so due for three reasons. Sancho has reportedly told Borussia Dortmund that he wants to leave the club.

The 19-year-old attacker has been in Germany since 2017, but could look to leave at the end of the season. Liverpool have entered the race to sign England ace Jadon Sancho (Picture: Getty) Liverpool have joined Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, according to reports. Manchester United and Chelsea were expected to battle it out to sign the England ace this summer but the soon-to-be Premier League champions are also interested in a stunning deal. Sancho has flourished at Dortmund since signing from Manchester City in 2017, scoring 29 goals in 84 appearances, and become a regular for Gareth Southgate's England. And it is claimed Liverpool, currently 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League, have informed Borussia Dortmund of their interest in signing Sancho. Jurgen Klopp managed Dortmund before arriving at Anfield in 2015 and hopes his connections with the German club will give Liverpool the edge in the intense transfer race. In January, Klopp admitted it would be 'very difficult' for Liverpool to bolster a squad that has stormed clear in the Premier League and clinched the Champions League last season. Manchester United appeared to be the frontunners to sign Sancho, with the former Man City academy star said to be keen on a move to Old Trafford. Chelsea remain firmly in the mix, however, and are set to bolster Frank Lampard's squad with at least four signings this summer, starting with the Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech. Defending champions Manchester City are also said to be interested in re-signing Sancho but the forward may be reluctant to return to a club that sanctioned his departure three years ago. MORE: Chelsea star James urged to change position because of Liverpool's Alexander-Arnold Liverpool have reportedly contacted Borussia Dortmund to lodge their interest in signing Jadon Sancho in the summer. According to Adrian Kajumba and Dominic King of the Daily Mail, the Reds join Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona in pursuing Sancho, and Dortmund are expected to demand at least £100 million for the England international. Kajumba and King added Liverpool are hopeful manager Jurgen Klopp's connections with the club he managed between 2008 and 2015 could give them an edge in the race for the 19-year-old. As a result, Sancho may feel that a move to United or Chelsea, who are struggling for a Champions League place let alone challenging for the title, would be ill-befitting of his status: That would leave Barca, Real and Liverpool in the race, as well as City, the club he left in 2017 because he was not getting enough game time under manager Pep Guardiola. The club that succeeds in signing Sancho is likely to be the one that will offer him the biggest role. However, the German club could try to keep hold of him until after UEFA Euro 2020, when he might be an even hotter property if he stars for England at the tournament: