Spanish journalist Lu Martín – who previously co-authored a book with Pep Guardiola and remains friendly with the Manchester City boss – believes City could lose wonderkid Jadon Sancho to Tottenham as soon as today.
Speaking to Què t’hi jugues! on Cadena SER last night, Martín said, “Jadon Sancho will leave Manchester City and probably tomorrow will be a Tottenham player.”
— Què t'hi jugues! (@QTJugues) August 23, 2017
Sancho’s departure will come as no surprise with the unsettled 17-year-old having refused to sign a bumper £30,000-a-week deal to remain at the Etihad, fearing his pathway to Pep’s first team will be blocked by the abundance of talent at the Etihad.
Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are also interested in signing Sancho, who City signed from Watford in 2015, but it looks like Spurs may have belatedly acquired his talents. Daniel Levy previously tried to include him in the Kyle Walker deal, but City outright refused, still hopeful at that time of convincing Jadon to remain.
Alarm bells went off when Sancho was excluded from City’s pre-season tour of the US, while fellow wonderkids Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz were included, both making a positive impression on Guardiola and winning promotions to the City first team squad as a result. Sancho then refused to train, returning to London and essentially going on strike to try and force a move away.
It has been reported that Spurs could pay £3million for Sancho to avoid a compensation battle.