Manchester United signal Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £ 73m
Jadon Sancho will be featured at Manchester United’s Carrington Training Ground on July 23, 2021.
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Manchester United have signed Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho for £ 73m.
Sancho, whose move to Old Trafford was agreed in principle on July 1, underwent a medical exam earlier this month after attending Euro 2020.
He’s signed a five-year contract with United with an option for an additional year.
After four years in the Bundesliga, the 21-year-old is moving to Dortmund, where he won the DFB Cup in his last season and scored 50 goals in 137 appearances.
Manchester City keep a sell-out clause for their former youth player, whose contract in Germany should run until the summer of 2023.
“I will always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first-team football even though I always knew I would return to England one day,” said Sancho on United’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.
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“This is a young and exciting squad and I know that together we can develop into something special to deliver the success the fans deserve.
“I’m looking forward to working with the coach and his coaching team to develop my game.”
United had a longstanding interest in Sancho and tried to sign him last summer but were put off by Dortmund’s £ 108m valuation.
Dortmund’s asking price for Sancho fell to £ 85million earlier this summer, with United negotiating another £ 12million drop in valuation.
Sancho is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second signing ahead of the new season after goalkeeper Tom Heaton joined earlier in the transfer window.
Solskjaer added: “Jadon is the type of player I want to bring to the club, he is a striker in the best Manchester United traditions.
“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 bring tremendous speed, flair and creativity to the team.”
One could argue that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team has more pressing needs in other areas. Many fans may prefer a center-back.
But Sancho has become one of the most exciting young players in the world over the past few years, and it’s easy to see why United were so determined to finally get his man.
Manchester United will host rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the 2021/22 Premier League season.
United face a potentially season-defining series of games in October and November, starting with a trip to Leicester on October 16, their first showdown with Liverpool at Old Trafford on October 23 and a visit to Tottenham on October 30.
November 6th marks the first Manchester derby of the season as champions Manchester City travel to Old Trafford before United on November 27th.