Ever since Jadon Sancho was left out of Pep Guardiola’s travelling squad to the US, while other youngsters were included, speculation has intensified about the 17-year-old’s future.
Considered one of the best prospects at Manchester City’s state-of-the-art academy complex, Sancho has been impressive for club and country, but the Blues are struggling to get him to commit to a new three-year deal worth £30,000-a-week.
And according to The Sun, the previous reports are accurate – Jadon wants to leave City for a club that he feels will give him a clearer pathway to the first team.
Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig have all been linked with Sancho in the past week, but The Sun claim that it is Arsenal who are frontrunners for the wonderkid. Spurs tried to acquire Sancho as part of the Kyle Walker deal, but City wouldn’t include him.
A so-called ‘Etihad source’ told The Sun: “The club is worried Arsenal are frontrunners for Jadon as he has a soft spot for them.
“His family think he might get a quicker path to first-team action at either Arsenal or Spurs.
“One of his heroes is ironically Alexis Sanchez. It’s proving difficult to get him to sign his first professional contract here.
“He is a top player, one of, if not the best in the youth system. It’s not about the money for him at all.”
Sancho, who joined City from Watford for £500,000 in 2015, is still under contract but unless he can be convinced otherwise, it may be a matter of time before he is lost to a rival side.
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