Report: Manchester United 'Favourites' to Capture Jadon Sancho from Dortmund

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2018

DORTMUND, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC at Signal Iduna Park on October 27, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Manchester United have reportedly emerged as "favourites" to sign Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho if the player returns to England.

According to the Mirror (h/t Ryan Taylor of the Daily Express), the Red Devils lead the pack to bring the winger to the Premier League.

Sancho departed Manchester City's youth team to join BVB in the Bundesliga in 2017, and the attacker's form has since been astounding as he takes German football by storm.

The Guardian (h/t Taylor) reported United are ready to provide manager Jose Mourinho with significant funds, with defensive and attacking targets being considered. Mourinho will be allowed to spend £100 million in the January transfer window, with Sancho on the coach's radar.

England's midfielder Jadon Sancho (R) attends an open training session at St George's Park in Burton-on-Trent, central England on October 9, 2018 ahead of their UEFA Nations League match against Croatia on October 12. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / NOT FOR
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In the current market, the England international could be worth more than £100 million, but City have a buy-back option in place if they want to activate a deal, per Taylor.

United have struggled to find the net this term, and Mourinho recently dropped Romelu Lukaku as he attempted to revitalise his forward line and shuffle the pack against Everton in the Premier League.

The Red Devils lack a creative talent resembling Sancho's likeness, and he would immediately fit alongside Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in a youthful trio.

Lukaku is likely to win back the No. 9 role in due course, but Mourinho has been desperate to add a winger to his selection for two years.

United previously chased Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic in the hope of adding width, with Mourinho's team far too narrow and predictable.

England's Jadon Sancho(R) and Chile's Willian Gama fight for the ball during the group stage football match between England and Chile in the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR
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However, despite the reported interest, BVB are confident Sancho will not be heading to Old Trafford in the near future.

According to Bild (h/t FourFourTwo), Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has said he believes Sancho will stay in Germany for now.

Zorc said: "I'm pretty sure Jadon will be playing with us for some time."

The player recently revealed his joy after signing a fresh deal to stay at the Signal Iduna Park until 2022.

Per FourFourTwo, Sancho said: "You can see that right now, I play a lot here. This is important for young players to develop. You never know what will happen in the future, but I'm really happy right now."

Dortmund's English midfielder Jadon Sancho (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Dortmund's German forward Marco Reus during the German first division Bundesliga football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Hertha Berlin in Dortmund, western Germany, on

Sancho is likely to become the subject of further speculation as the transfer window approaches, and the biggest clubs in the world will be watching his progress with serious interest.

United would have to break the bank to sign the winger in January, and a centre-back should be the club's priority as they attempt to rescue their season.