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Explained: City could ruin Sancho's England return

Sane for Sancho? How Man City could complicate the Dortmund star's potential Chelsea or Man Utd move explained

February 12, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Leroy Sane's purported move to Bayern Munich could alter Jadon Sancho's final destination amid rumors of imminent Dortmund exit.

Just like every summer transfer window, a lot of in-comings and outgoings are expected across clubs in Europe and 2020 will most certainly be no exception to this. Speculations are already dominating headlines in the news media, giving fans a glimpse of what to expect in terms of their club's ambition in the transfer market as well as their general direction. One particular move that is expected to finally come to fruition has to do with Leroy Sane's Manchester City exit.

Last summer, the 24-year-old German international came close completing his largely anticipated switch to Bayern Munich but ended up staying at Etihad after his side rejected the advances of the Bavarians. The former Schalke starlet still remains under contract at City until 2021 but apparently has no intentions of extending his spell with the Blues any further. As a result, Pep Guardiola's side is expected to cash in on the winger who has missed the most part of the season following a cruciate ligament injury suffered in the Community Shield at the start of the campaign.

For Man City, the fee to be received in order to sanction the departure of Leroy Sane could be crucial to their rebuilding process with the club looking to bring in more defensive reinforcement. Having failed to replace their departed skipper Vincent Kompany prior to the start of the season, the Citizens have paid a huge price and have already lost more league games than they managed in the entirety of last season's successful campaign. This has often been as a result of the team not having enough fit center-backs with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones enjoying series of spells on the treatment table.

In an alternative scenario where Pep Guardiola will entertain the idea of signing Sane's replacement should the he leave, an interesting development could ensue that will bring Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho into the frame. Die BVB have all but resigned to the England star leaving this summer and according to Sky Sports, they will not be parting ways with the winger for less than 100 million pounds. In terms of potential destinations, both Chelsea and Manchester United have been tipped as ideal with the player keen on return to the Premier League while Real Madrid is also keeping tabs.

Nevertheless, all the aforementioned suitors would have to rival Manchester City in order to acquire the signature of Sancho should the Citizens express their desire to bring the 'prodigal son' back. In 2016, Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed the existence of City's first option clause which makes the Blues' pursuit for Sancho possible. Primarily, what this means is that Manchester City will be notified anytime a club submits a substantial bid for its academy graduate and the Etihad outfit has the right to match the offer which will be then be accepted instantly.

For instance, should both Chelsea and Manchester United agree to pay the said 100 million pounds price tag for Sancho and should City agree to pay the same, Dortmund will prioritize the latter's offer and accept it. Now it will be down to the three clubs to convince the player to agree personal terms, a battle which Pep Guardiola's side could ultimately win too.

Despite leaving Manchester City after being denied the opportunity to make his Premier League debut despite constant admiration from Pep, there is no love lost between Sancho and Man City. In fact, a report by Bleacher's Dean Jones in 2016 revealed that people closer to the player insist he holds no grudge against the club and is open to a return. Sancho's upward trajectory in the Bundesliga is still intact and has currently scored 12 goals in 19 Bundesliga matches, while also adding another 13 assists.

As a result, there is absolutely nothing to suggest that he is not ready for the current Manchester City team and should Pep and his band come knocking, the possibility of the winger moving back to the Etihad is as high as him moving to Manchester United or Chelsea.

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