After four years with the Bundesliga club, Borussia Dortmund has confirmed the sale of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United.
Sancho joined Dortmund in 2017 from Man Utd’s city rivals Manchester City, which was seen as a big step for the youngster and was looking for a first-team football in the Bundesliga that wouldn’t have come in England.
The Englishman’s first season in Dortmund did not offer too much playing time. Sancho only played 12 Bundesliga games and 685 minutes, but still scored one goal and four assists.
Sancho’s real breakthrough came the following season, when he fought his way to becoming a first-team regular, playing 26 games and being directly involved in 19 goals, scoring eight goals and scoring 11 assists – the last time he had less than 10 assists in both provided metrics over a single season.
In 2018/29, Sancho scored 12 goals and 14 assists and went even better a season later with 17 goals and 16 assists. Later, Sancho joined an exclusive club, one of only five players to score over 15 goals and more than 15 assists in a single campaign in the European top 5 league, along with Lionel Messi (five times), Eden Hazard (twice) , Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez.
His club-level performances have seen Sancho repeatedly linked to a return to England and Man Utd has often been seen as the front runner for his signature. After a lengthy transfer saga, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has finally got his husband, and Sancho signs a five-year deal with an option for an additional year.
Although fees are often reported, clubs usually choose to hide how much a player was bought or sold, but Dortmund have confirmed the money they brought in for Sancho’s departure. After the deal, Dortmund will receive a fixed transfer fee of 85 million euros (around 73 million pounds) for Sancho, without any surcharges or additional clauses being mentioned.
Now he is officially a Man Utd player. Sancho will be keeping an eye out for an assist record from Red Devils and English legend David Beckham in his first season. As of now, Sancho and Beckham are the last two English players to have made more than 10 assists in three consecutive top 5 league campaigns. Beckham was one better than Sancho so far, making it in four campaigns between 1997 and 2001, posting 13, 11, 15 and 12.
Sancho has every chance of scoring 10 or more assists in the Premier League, joining Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood in attacking Man Utd and the Englishman has spoken of his dream move to Old Trafford.
“I will always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first-team football even though I always knew that one day I would return to England,” he said on Man Utd’s official website.
“The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I can’t wait to play in the Premier League. This is a young and exciting squad and I know that together we can develop into something special to bring the success that the fans deserve.
“I’m looking forward to working with the coach and his coaching team to develop my game.”
Sancho’s feelings have been confirmed by Solskjaer, who has overseen several major Man Utd transfers, including Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
“Jadon is the type of player I want to bring to the club, he’s a striker in the best Manchester United traditions,” said Sancho.
“He will be an integral part of my squad for the 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 speed, flair and creativity to the team.
“Old Trafford will give him the platform he needs to unleash his untapped talent and perform at the highest level. For a player his age, Jadon has already achieved a lot and shown the courage to prove himself abroad. We are all looking forward to welcoming Jadon to the squad as we prepare for the new season.
Sancho will wear the number 25 for Man Utd, last held by Odion Ighalo, while Cavani will keep the number 7 jersey.