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Man Utd 'leading the race' for Sancho, though Dortmund chief reckons he doesn't want to leave

Manchester United are reportedly ‘leading the race’ to sign Jadon Sancho, despite Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke claiming the winger wants to stay at the club.

The England international has starred once again in the Bundesliga this season, scoring 14 goals and providing a further 14 assists for a Dortmund side embroiled in a fascinating title race in Germany’s top flight.

Sancho’s performances have led to continued speculation linking the teenager with a return to English football and the Premier League, with the Telegraph reporting that United are have moved ahead of the competition to sign a player regarded amongst the finest young talents in world football.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring the 19-year-old to Old Trafford as he seeks additional creativity and goal threat, though any deal for Sancho would likely eclipse the record £89.3m deal that saw the club sign Paul Pogba from Juventus.

Sancho – who has also been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool of late –  has refused to comment on the reports as he maintains his focus on Dortmund’s title pursuit, admitting his sole concentration is on delivering a successful season for Lucien Favre’s side.

“I don’t really look at all them things,” Sancho told reporters in Germany, as per the Mail. “I just concentrate on my team and take it game by game.

“That’s the most important thing for me now.”

Despite the continued reports of a big-money move away from the Westfalenstadion, however, Dortmund chief executive Watzke has suggest Sancho could remain in Germany beyond the end of the season, admitting the star has confidence in the clubs project.

“I think he has the feeling that the club does have a good future,” Watzke told BBC Sport.

“In my opinion, I don’t think he wants to leave.”

Watzke added that Dortmund are under no pressure to sell their prized asset with the club well-positioned financially, and admits the club possess ‘a lot more potential’ with the winger in their side.

“It’s not a question of money,” said Watzke. “For us, it would be the best position if he stays at Borussia Dortmund.

“We have enough money. We want to have titles. I think this team has a lot more potential with Jadon than without Jadon.”

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