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Jadon Sancho’s four-year Bundesliga expedition has reached its end after Manchester United announced they’ve agreed to sign the Borussia Dortmund star for a fee of £72million.
The confirmation brings an end to one of the longest transfer sagas in recent memory, with the Londoner set to return to his native England following four successful campaigns in Germany.
Sancho – who is currently preparing for England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine on Saturday – becomes the second-most expensive English player of all time.
He follows United captain Harry Maguire, who moved to Old Trafford from Leicester for £80m in the summer of 2019.
Sancho, 21, will sign a five-year contract at United that will tie him to the club until 2026, with the option of a sixth year.
It’s understood Dortmund will be guaranteed €85million (£72m) from the deal, with another €5m (£4.3m) included in add-ons.
A statement from United on Tuesday afternoon read: "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Jadon Sancho.
"The signing is subject to contractual terms and a medical, which will be completed after Jadon’s involvement in the UEFA European Championship."
United’s purchase price is less than the £85m Dortmund were believed to be demanding at the start of the transfer window and significantly less than the £108m the German giants wanted last summer.
Sancho previously spent two years on the books with United’s arch-rivals, Manchester City, before he was sold to Dortmund for a reported £8m in 2017.
The Citizens are set to receive a sell-on fee of €13m (£11.1m) as a result of his big-money move back to the Premier League.
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The youngster’s contract at the Westfalenstadion was due to expire in 2023, and the Black and Yellows have decided to cash in now rather than risk him entering the final year of that deal.
He departs Dortmund after beating RB Leipzig to lift the DFB-Pokal crown in May, having also been named in the Bundesliga Team of the Season on two occasions (2019-20).
United have solved one of their long-standing problem areas by recruiting Sancho, who will slot in on the right flank of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attack in the upcoming campaign.
Mason Greenwood had played much of last season as Solskjaer’s right-sided option of choice, but the 19-year-old had climbed through United’s academy ranks as an out-and-out striker.
As well as becoming the second-most expensive English player of all time, Sancho has also become United’s fourth-most expensive signing behind Paul Pogba (£89.3m), Maguire (£80m) and Romelu Lukaku (£73.7m).
He leaves Dortmund having scored 50 goals and recorded 64 assists in 137 appearances for Dortmund—an average of 0.83 direct goal involvements per game for the club.
Sancho will report to United after England’s Euro 2020 campaign concludes, and his first run-in with former employers City—the reigning Premier League champions—could fall on November 6.
United legend Rio Ferdinand recently advised Sancho to focus entirely on football during his time at the club and said on on his FIVE YouTube channel: “Just immerse yourself in everything about the club.
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“Just work hard and make sure that everything you do is about being a success at Manchester United and being the best you can be there.
“Don’t let anything sidetrack you or take you away.
“Be you, entertain, end product is what you’re about and just bring that to the table. But that focus, please, your energy and focus, just be solely football.”
The Red Devils are expected to go ‘all out’ in their pursuit of Real Madrid centre-back Rapahel Varane next this summer, with Solskjaer hoping to add an elite presence in the heart of his defence.
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