Bayern Munich has expressed interest in acquiring Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho before the two-month break caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN. Manchester United was considered the top landing spot for Sancho’s signature — should he leave Dortmund this summer — but now faces stiff competition from the Bavarian club.
Sancho, who began his career as a youth player at Manchester City, has a contract at Dortmund until 2022, but a return to England has been rumored for a while now with Dortmund reportedly looking to cash in on the player. While United is the club most linked to the English winger, ESPN reports Bayern is interested in making a move for Sancho if the Bavarian side is unable to land Man City’s German winger Leroy Sane.
Dortmund and Bayern have a rich recent history when it comes to players switching clubs. Dortmund saw stars Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels and Mario Gotze all leave for Bayern, with Hummels and Gotze returning to Dortmund since. Hummels actually started at Bayern, went to Dortmund, went back to Bayern, and joined Dortmund again.
It’s hard to envision any way Dortmund would be willing to do business with Bayern on Sancho unless it involved numerous key pieces of Bayern in return. The future of the transfer market is also quite blurry, with some expectingbecoming the common type of transaction moving forward, so it’s inclear if Dortmund will be able to get a large transfer fee for him with the economic issues facing the sport.
Sancho, 20, has continued to see his stock rise with dazzling performances. He’s got speed, precision and an ability to score consistently while also setting up his teammates. He’s played 91 games for Dortmund since 2017-18 and has 31 goals. At United, he would be a natural starter in attack alongside Marcus Rashford as the Red Devils seek a return to the top of English soccer.
Sancho joined Watford’s academy at the age of seven before moving to City when he was 14. He joined Dortmund in 2017 looking for first-team minutes.