Manchester City are ‘stepping up their pursuit’ of the club’s former winger Jadon Sancho, reports the Sun. Moreover, the Premier League champions are optimistic that they have an ‘advantage’ over other interested clubs due to ‘contractual factors’.
The Sun lists five factors that have imbued this confidence within Manchester City’s hierarchy regarding their ability to win the race for Sancho’s signature. The most important of these is almost certainly City’s twenty per-cent discount on any transfer fee, due to a sell-on clause agreed as part of the player’s departure for Germany in 2017.
Additionally, negotiations will be made easier on the basis that Pep Guardiola’s side only have to match any offer that Dortmund accept from a rival club. The other three factors The Sun cites are Sancho’s friendship with compatriot Raheem Sterling, his history at the Etihad Stadium and his ambition to leave Borussia Dortmund for a bigger stage.
City will undoubtedly face strong competition to sign Sancho. The likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United are all credited with an interest. Guardiola has allegedly ordered ‘regular scouting missions’ of Sancho, as he eyes a replacement for Leroy Sane.
The transfer fee required to land Sancho is said to be no more than £90m. City are hopeful that Sterling will capitalise upon his relationship with Sancho to help lure him back to the Etihad Stadium. The Sun record a City source as commenting that ‘Raheem could be the key to the whole thing next summer… Jadon looks up to him and asks for advice’.
Raheem Sterling’s stock is already high with Manchester City fans, and if he was to play a pivotal part in landing Sancho’s signature, he would endear himself even further to the Etihad faithful.
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