Jadon Sancho’s transfer to Manchester United is finally creeping closer.
BILD report United and Borussia Dortmund are holding talks and expect an agreement ‘in the next few days’.
Sancho is on international duty with England at present while the two clubs negotiate over a deal.
During his time in Germany with Dortmund, Sancho has been hugely impressive.
Rather than delve into why with figures and statistics as we have done previously, we took a look more colourfully at what German legends past and present have had to say about him.
Sancho has earned praise from World Cup winners
Sancho’s performances for Dortmund have garnered praise from players who have won football’s biggest international prize.
Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, who now works as club president for rivals Bayern, is on record talking Sancho up.
Kahn told Sky Sport Germany: “He is a great talent with enormous characteristics. Dortmund have a very, very good player there.”
Former German national captain Lothar Matthaus told RN in 2019: “I saw him for the first time two years ago – at the U17 European Championship. To get him for little money from the second shelf in England, is like winning the lottery. Not only does he help Dortmund, he also helps the Bundesliga beyond its borders.”
Matthaus is right that Sancho has helped the Bundesliga and he has also helped English youngsters be braver in deciding to move abroad. Jude Bellingham is on record praising Sancho as a trailblazer who influenced his decision to join Dortmund.
Bayern star Thomas Muller has played against Sancho. He is full of admiration for his rival.
Muller told the Bundesliga website: “Jadon Sancho is a superb player. He’s a menace with his technique, speed and dribbling. There are other players in the Bundesliga with those qualities, but they don’t have his exceptional decision making.”
Challenges and improvement
Those closest to Sancho at Borussia Dortmund want to push him to get better. They know he has the ability to become one of the game’s top stars and believe he has to keep working.
Dortmund technical advisor Matthias Sammer says Sancho can still sharpen up parts of his game and is not the complete player yet. This may be part of the reason he is not yet a regular starter for England.
Sammer was quoted by Fussball Europa in March: “Sometimes we may have missed telling him that things still need to be improved at an absolute world level. Jadon will understand: goals and assists are very important, but he has to learn certain situations.”
Sammer did add that he has seen improvement in elements of Sancho’s game, notably, “The intensity of how he works after losing the ball, for example.”
Dortmund teammate Mats Hummels believes Sancho’s hard work helped him kick on during the second half of the season.
Hummels told BuliNews: “He’s been working very differently these past months on the training pitch and in the weight room. That ends up paying off. That’s something that attackers often have to learn; that hard work pays off. The fact that he has offensive potential possessed by few others is something we all know.”
This all presents a player with exceptional talent who still has much to learn, and is willing to work hard to get there.
Sancho arrived in Germany as a boy and leaves as a mult-million pound player. Now it is up to Manchester United to turn him into a true superstar.
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