Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League group F match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona at Signal Iduna Park on September 17, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by The Evening Standard, Manchester United are the favourites to secure the signature of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer. It is believed that sources close to Dortmund are anticipating that the Red Devils would win the race for the English wide player in the off-season (via The Evening Standard). However, the same source has also mentioned that Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can expect to face competition from both Chelsea and Liverpool in pursuit of the Bundesliga prospect during the summer transfer window.

Sancho’s Outstanding Rise In Germany

The 20-year-old has enjoyed another magnificent season at the Signal Iduna Park after putting several match-winning displays for the German giants so far. He has banged in 17 goals and provided 19 assists in 35 matches for Lucien Favre’s team this term in all competitions which goes to show his growing influence at Dortmund.

Sancho has averaged 2.0 shots, 2.3 key passes and 2.6 dribbles in every 90 minutes of league football this season (stats via whoscored). His impressive numbers have raised his stock even further in European football which is why it is not a surprise that so many top teams are registering their interest in recruiting him this summer.

The talented youngster has previously lifted the FIFA Under-17 World Cup with England and has also won a German Super Cup winner’s medal since joining Dortmund from Manchester City in the summer of 2017. He has secured 11 senior caps for the Three Lions and has two goals to show for his efforts. If Sancho can continue being prolific next season, then he will be a nailed-on starter in Gareth Southgate’s first-team for the upcoming UEFA European Championship which is now set to kick-off at the end of next season because of the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

Jadon Sancho of Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on February 13, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

What Will The England International Add To Solskjaer’s Side?

Sancho has often been used on the right flank but is equally comfortable when being asked to operate as a left-winger. He has proven himself to be a consistent goal-getter and assist-maker at Dortmund. The English whizkid hardly gives away the ball after completing 84.4% of his attempted passes in the Bundesliga this season (stats via whoscored). He is one of the quickest players in European football and is not shy about turning on the afterburners whenever he decides to take on his marker in a 1v1 foot race.

Will Sancho Be A Wise Option For Man United?

However, one can argue whether Sancho has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League. A summer move to Old Trafford could serve as a perfect opportunity for the player to prove his worth in the English first division. He is more than capable of securing a regular starting berth at the Theatre of Dreams so Solskjaer will do well to lure him away from German football.

Sancho’s impressive record in the Bundesliga should serve as evidence of what he can bring to Man United next season. The former Man City wonderkid will not only add more goals and assist to Solskjaer’s frontline but will also keep the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Daniel James on their toes by providing healthy competition for them in the coming years.

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