14 February 2020 20:30
Exclusive - Manchester United remain confident they will win the race to sign Jadon Sancho, despite interest from a number of rival clubs in the England international. Sancho's future has been thrust into the spotlight again over the last week, following a swathe of reports that Borussia Dortmund are ready to sell the 19-year-old at the end of the season. It can't be ruled out that Europe's most powerful clubs - the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid - won't enter the game in the next few months, even while each are prioritising other options at present, but as it stands the most serious interest in Sancho is coming from the Premier League. It goes without question that Sancho is an option that each club will strongly consider, but a source has told 90min that United remain firmly in the driving seat. The reigning Premier League champions (granted, for only a few more weeks) do possess a right to match any offer accepted by Dortmund for Sancho, given City are the club Sancho left to join Dortmund in 2017.
City would like to finalise a new contract with Raheem Sterling before Euro 2020, and see Traore as the perfect foil on the opposite flank following his form this season. However, while Chelsea have earned as much as £211m from player sales over the last two transfer windows (CIES), they will face a Manchester United ready to throw all their financial might behind a move for Sancho, who is their number one target. The difficulty for Chelsea is that Manchester United will not be beaten on price, per a source, and are prepared to go as high as it takes to strike a deal with Dortmund. United have long identified the London-born forward as the player they want, regardless of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future, and are committed to offering Sancho the best deal to convince him to make the move to Manchester. United have made Sancho feel wanted to the extent that it's been suggested even missing out on Champions League football would not impact his decision, with the player "excited" by the prospect of playing for them, holding them at the forefront of his thinking.
Premier League clubs have been told signing Jadon Sancho would be a "no-brainer" by Jamie Carragher. Manchester United and Chelsea are expected to battle it out for Sancho in the summer in a bid to bring the England international back to the Premier League. "It's almost like a no-brainer, look at how well he's playing in a top league with a top club where there's pressure. "I think when the transfer is done wherever the lad decides to go, I think he'll able to make his pick with the top clubs in the Premier League, I think the fee will look eye-watering but over time you'll think in the end it's cheap because you're going to get a player there for 10 years if you keep him at your club. "If you think about the development of Raheem Sterling at Manchester City and also Liverpool, it feels like something similar. Carragher has urged Chelsea to step up their interest in Sancho after agreeing a deal to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax at the end of the season. "You would think wide players are the big thing that Chelsea are looking for. "You see his stats for Borussia Dortmund for goals and assists, being an English player he'll be desperate to come back, so I think he'll be the hottest thing, everyone in the Premier League will be looking at to bring in.