Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that they have a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with Jadon Sancho that will allow him to leave the Bundesliga giants this summer.
The move will likely place long-term admirers Manchester United on red alert, along with Premier League rivals Liverpool, who have also been persistently linked with the England star.
United had made Sancho their top transfer target last summer, but were unable to secure a deal after Dortmund demanded a fee in excess of £100m for the 21-year old.
It’s not yet clear whether they would be willing to ease those demands, but it seems they would be willing to sell Sancho if the right terms are met.
However, the same is not the case for team-mate Erling Haaland, who’s another player believed to be on United’s radar.
Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc told ARD: “We already had a gentlemen’s agreement with Jadon last year that he can switch under certain conditions.
“He’s been with us for a couple of years. However, this agreement does not exist with Erling.”
Should the Red Devils revisit their interest in Sancho, it could well spark further questions over the future of Wales winger Daniel James, who has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent transfer windows.
Leeds United are still believed to be keen admirers, but are yet to really firm up their interest with a concrete approach, while the player himself is understood to be happy to stay at the club.
Even so, any move for Sancho is likely to intensify lingering questions of the winger’s long-term future at United – and he’s not the only Welshman whose future could well decided by any potential move for the Dortmund winger.
Liverpool too have previously been credited with an interest and, should they manage to broker a deal, it would almost certainly push Harry Wilson closer to an exit from Anfield.
Wilson’s future beyond this summer seemingly remains up in the air, although he has since insisted that he still hasn’t given up hope of breaking into Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Speaking after netting a scintillating hat-trick against Birmingham City, the Cardiff City loanee said: “I feel I’m good enough to be in that squad.
“I’d like to think I could go in there and add something different.
“It’s always been my aim to get into the Liverpool team and play for the club I’ve been at since I was eight. But you know the quality Liverpool have got, the famous front three [Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane].”