Although we've only just waved goodbye to the January transfer window, BetVictor are offering prices on summer transfers. From the many names on their website, Jadon Sancho is a player that a lot of people are interested in acquiring at the end of the season, and if the summer transfer odds are anything to go by, his next destination could be all but confirmed.
Not many bookmakers are offering summer transfer odds but Jadon Sancho has been an unsurprising exception, with the eighteen-year-old currently standing as one of Europe's most exciting talents. The latest Jadon Sancho transfer odds perceive Manchester United as the most likely next destination for the midfielder, with a 4/1 price on BetVictor.
He's grown massively since pushing through a move away from Manchester City in 2017, now playing a key role in Borussia Dortmund's title charge, where they're now clear of second place Borussia Monchengladbach by seven points. His influence in Germany has made a case not only for himself but also for English players and their place among Europe's elite, Callum Hudson-Odoi being a prime example of someone who was vastly more in-demand outside of England, as Bayern Munich almost signed the overlooked winger from Chelsea in the recent transfer window.
From Manchester City outcast to Borussia Dortmund superstar
Joining from Watford in 2015, the future of Jadon Sancho looked bright as he became a part of Manchester City's youth system. Although he appeared to be set for a big future as one of The Citizens' younger squad members, he was never able to get an appearance, leading to him looking elsewhere and considering his future intensely.
In accepting the estimated £8 million bid, Borussia Dortmund acquired the services of Jadon Sancho, with hopes of establishing him in professional football and once again proving the use of young players featuring in the starting eleven. A lot of people assumed that Sancho would need to prove his worth before moving up to the first-team squad but Peter Bosz threw him in at the deep end, playing his first game for Dortmund within two months of being at the club.
Despite some hesitant Borussia Dortmund fans feeling uncertain over the club's decision to put so much faith into Sancho, his first league start saw him hitting the post and his first goal for the club came in April, where he helped the side to a 4-0 thrashing over Bayer Leverkusen. He also assisted twice in that game, clearly showing a sign of things to come, as his second term at Westfalenstadion has seen an even more stellar performance.
Extending his contract in the summer and instantly repaying the club's faith in him by achieving Bundesliga Player Of The Month, Jadon Sancho has continued to grow in Germany. Good things come in threes and that was certainly the case for Sancho over October, as it was also the month where he received a call up to the England senior squad, making a promising debut in England's 0-0 away draw to Croatia in the UEFA Nations League qualifiers.
Manchester United are favourites to sign Jadon Sancho
It's been a tale of two seasons for Manchester United, who've kicked off the campaign with an inability to see wins through to the end, but they now stand as one of the Premier League's most exciting attacking outfits. There's no denying that a club as gigantic in stature as Manchester United would be interested in all of Europe's elite, but would he be the right sort of signing for the potential new era set to begin under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?
If the rise of Jadon Sancho isn't much to go by from the information on his sudden leap from unused reserve player to a key figure in a major title race seen between 2017 and 2018, there's very little else that could prove the midfielder's talent. The potential in Jadon Sancho is enough to see him capable in any attacking midfield position or as a winger, and the fact that he's only eighteen makes his potential of colossal standard.
Under the Jose Mourinho regime, Jadon Sancho could well have spent a lot of his time defending with a view to grinding out a narrow 1-0 win at Old Trafford, but with the return to attacking performances seen through Ole Gunnar Solskjaer taking the hot-seat, he would be another piece in the Norwegian's puzzle. He would also compliment an already thunderous attack, especially with link-up play between him and other English talent in Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
New-found loyalty in Germany or an opportunity to return to England?
After spending a lot of time letting his performances do the talking, Jadon Sancho opened up about leaving Manchester City and being handed an opportunity in Germany. In doing this interview, he featured on the cover of football magazine FourFourTwo, where he became the youngest single footballer to star on the cover since a seventeen-year-old Lionel Messi appeared in 2005.
He said: "Why Dortmund? It speaks for itself - youngsters get opportunities." This is an admittedly positive message for Jadon Sancho's chance to thrive as a first-team player, but it also leaves the Premier League in shame, as they've been continually proven to find their talent elsewhere, with English players only tending to feature in order to fill a quota rather than being instated on their own merits.
Any questions over his loyalty to Manchester City are wide of the mark, with any transfer to Manchester United having no impact on the time he spent in the blue side of Manchester. With all due respect to Manchester City, they wouldn't even give Jadon Sancho a chance in the first-team squad, which could be considered as wasteful or maybe just simply reluctant in choosing to not hand a youngster an opportunity.
This would be an issue with a team looking to challenge for all of football's biggest prizes, but in turn, Manchester City have missed out in overlooking one of the shining stars of football's next generation - a move that in itself could be set to bite them on the backside, especially if he ends up being one of their rival's greatest assets in future years.
Rumours over a £90 million move to Manchester United
Sources close to Manchester United have hinted at a bid of £90 million to secure the services of Jadon Sancho, who many forget will be priceless based on his age and potential to grow. The next summer transfer window is expected to be a big opportunity for change at Manchester United, with older members of the squad like Antonio Valencia expected to leave with their contracts coming to an end.
Whether the club choose to keep Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after such an incredible turnaround in the team's performances or whether the club opt for a more experienced manager like Mauricio Pochettino, it's seeming like Manchester United spending big this summer is set in stone.
One potential issue according to these reports states that a buy-back clause put in place by Manchester City could be detrimental to Manchester United's hopes of signing the attacker. Rather than being anything excessively decisive, the rumoured clause they have only allows The Citizens to match any bid made by another club, leaving it with Jadon Sancho over if he'd be happier rejoining Manchester City, leaving to their derby rivals, or remaining at Borussia Dortmund into the foreseeable future.
Alternative routes for Jadon Sancho
By looking at the latest Jadon Sancho odds, you'll see that Manchester United are clear favourites at 4/1, with the next potential English club coming later, as Chelsea are priced at 8/1. Most bookmakers are yet to offer their prices on summer transfers but with BetVictor pricing up Jadon Sancho's next club, they've seen Manchester United as effectively having first refusal, even with the possible buy-back clause from Manchester City in place.
Any chance of him leaving midway through the current season was always bound to be massively unlikely with Borussia Dortmund being heavily involved in a title race and leading at the top by seven points. Usual Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich find themselves at third, making it even more important that Borussia Dortmund capitalise while The Bavarians are down and out.
Player transfer odds are far less generous for signing in the summer than they are for joining in January, as there's far less restriction over the time frame of a deal going through, but that isn't enough to make sense of his extremely short price to sign for Manchester United this summer.
Immediately after Manchester United, Any Spanish Club are priced up at 6/1 for the transfer of Jadon Sancho, then followed by Chelsea at 8/1, Any French Club at 8/1, Any Italian Club at 8/1, Liverpool at 10/1, Arsenal at 10/1, Tottenham Hotspur at 10/1, Bayern Munich at 10/1, and a controversial return to Manchester City as the largest priced option at 12/1.