He’s one of the most in-demand talents in world football following another sensational season for Borussia Dortmund, and despite the Bundesliga side’s insistence the winger wants to remain at the club, looks likely for a mega-money move this summer.
Jadon Sancho is rightfully regarded amongst the best young players on the planet at present with a host of Europe’s elite monitoring the talented teenager, but who are the favourites to secure the signing of the England international?
So for those of you who like to follow football odds and the latest PA Lottery bonus code, here are the five favourites to sign Jadon Sancho:
Real Madrid – 18/1
Could Sancho become the latest Galactico to head to the Bernabeu?
Real Madrid remain arguably the destination for players given their illustrious history, and Zinedine Zidane’s side are in need of a rebuild as the Frenchman bids to overhaul an ageing squad.
The Spanish giants have won four of the past six editions of the Champions League, however, the core contingent of that successful side are approaching the twilight years of their careers with the likes of Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos entering their mid thirties.
In typical Madrid fashion, the club could seek a sprinkling of star power this summer and Sancho would fit the bill, the winger possessing the style and talent to excite the ever demanding Madridistas.
The prospect of Sancho working in tandem with a fit-again Eden Hazard and fellow teenager Vinícius Júnior would be an exciting one, though Madrid’s priorities are elsewhere in the team at present.
Barcelona – 12/1
Barcelona’s summer objective is likely to once again be focused on bringing Neymar back to the Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain, though any deal for the forward could break his own record as the world’s most expensive footballer.
Antoine Griezmann has been muted as a potential makeweight to ease the costs, however, the Catalan club could consider Sancho as a potential alternative.
The England international is likely to cost in excess of £100m, but would likely prove a cheaper acquisition than Neymar and offer the club longevity given the nine-year age gap between the teenager and his Brazilian counterpart.
Barca’s last expensive purchase from Dortmund – France winger Ousmane Dembele – has failed to work out as hoped, although Sancho possesses the technique and temperament to star in Catalonia and the prospect of learning from a certain Lionel Messi must surely appeal to the youngster.
The Spanish giants are in need of reinforcements to their forward options and Sancho, who has talked up the prospect of playing in La Liga previously, fits the bill.
Liverpool – 4/1
Jurgen Klopp has been questioned on the possibility of Sancho signing for the European champions this season, with the German a known admirer of the teenager’s precocious talents.
Liverpool were interested in signing the player when he left Manchester City three years ago, though Klopp has suggested a second attempt to sign Sancho could also prove difficult given the costs involved in completing the transfer.
Whilst the winger seems an obvious fit for the club’s style of play, his arrival would cause selection problems for Klopp in fitting in the marquee signing alongside – or instead of – established trio Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Whether Sancho would be willing to accept the competition for places is unknown, as is whether the Reds would be willing to break the British transfer-record for a player who may not be guaranteed a starting position.
Liverpool are likely to sign attacking reinforcements with their quality of backup insufficient at present and whilst a move for Sancho is possible, the signing of RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner looks the more probable option.
Chelsea – 3/1
A London-native and childhood Chelsea fan, could Sancho be heading towards Stamford Bridge this summer?
Frank Lampard’s side are predicted to be active during the summer window following their transfer-ban, the club possessing significant finances given their lack of recruitment in recent windows and the funds from Eden Hazard’s big-money departure to Real Madrid still to be spent.
Lampard has spoken of his side’s lack of creativity in breaking down stubborn defences, and Sancho’s record of 14 goals and 14 assists in the Bundesliga this season are evidence of his ability to solve that particular problem.
Close friends with Chelsea stars including Tammy Abraham, a move to west London makes sense for both parties – on the basis that the club secure Champions League football this season.
Adding Sancho to an emerging side containing exciting youngsters such as Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Christian Pulisic would set Chelsea up for a bright future, as the club look likely to move on several ageing stars.
The capture of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax has placed the move into doubt, however, the Moroccan international arriving at the end of the season to add to a growing list of wide options.
Manchester United – 11/10
The favourites to sign Sancho are Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side believed to be strongly interested in a deal to bring the former City youth player back to the Premier League.
Despite the club’s struggles in recent years they possess the finances and allure to secure the signing of arguably European football’s hottest prospect, Solskjaer continuing his transfer policy of targeting emerging British talent.
Adding Sancho to their ranks would be a huge statement of intent from United as they bid to return to former glories, the club desperate to close the gap to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City following several years of underachievement.
Securing a top four finish and a return to Champions League football could be the deciding factor in whether they can tempt the 19-year-old to Old Trafford, however, with the club currently three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.