Manchester United announce signing of Jadon Sancho

England interntional joins Premier League club in €73m switch from German side Borussia Dortmund

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Manchester United have completed the signing of winger Jadon Sancho from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in a £73 million ($100.4m) deal.

Sancho, a former Manchester City youth team player, has signed on a five-year contract after a long battle by the Premier League to sign the 21-year-old England international.

He becomes the second most expensive English player of all time, behind his new United teammate Harry Maguire.

“I’ll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first-team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day,” Sancho told the official United website.

“The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League.

“This is a young and exciting squad and I know, together, we can develop into something special to bring the success that the fans deserve.

“I am looking forward to working with the manager and his coaching team to further develop my game.”

Ole Gunner Solskjaer, Sancho's new manager at Old Trafford, expressed his delight at his new signing.

“Jadon epitomises the type of player I want to bring to the club, he is a forward player in the best traditions of Manchester United,” the Norwegian said.

“He will form an integral part of my squad for years to come and we look forward to seeing him blossom. His goals and assists records speak for themselves and he will also bring tremendous pace, flair and creativity to the team.

“Old Trafford will give him the platform he needs to release his untapped talent and perform at the highest level.

“For a player of his age, Jadon has already achieved a great deal and showed the courage to go and prove himself abroad.

“We all look forward to welcoming Jadon to the squad as we prepare for the new campaign.”

Sancho spent four years in the Bundesliga with Dortmund, where he won the German Cup in his final season and scored 50 goals across 137 appearances.

City retain a sell-on clause for their former player, whose contract in Germany was due to end in the summer of 2023.

United had a long-standing interest in Sancho and attempted to sign him last summer, but were put off by Dortmund's £108m valuation.

The asking price fell to £85m by the start of this summer, with United able to negotiate a further £12m drop in the valuation.

He becomes Solskjaer's second signing before the new season following the addition of goalkeeper Tom Heaton earlier in the transfer window.

Sancho has 22 caps for England since making his debut in 2018, but played only three matches for Gareth Southgate's team at Euro 2020, where they lost in a penalty shootout to Italy in the final.

He was one of three England players, all Black, who missed their spot kicks in the final and were subsequently subjected to racist abuse online. The comments prompted a police investigation and brought widespread condemnation.

Manchester United new boy Jadon Sancho is unveiled at their Carrington Training Ground. Getty

Updated: July 23, 2021, 12:44 PM