The rumours are true: Manchester City have a first option on former starlet Jadon Sancho and will be able to match any successful bid made for the England international in future.
Speaking at a press conference today, Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed the existence of City’s first option clause, although made it clear that he feels it’s irrelevant since the German club have no plans to sell.
“Basically, we do not disclose any contract details,” Zorc said then added, “But in this case, Manchester City would have a maximum of ‘Matching Rights’.
“But this clause is not relevant in the case of Sancho, because we would have to sell him first.”
What Zorc essentially means is that if a club have an £80 million bid accepted in future for Sancho, City can instantly match it and the bid will be accepted. Then it will be up to the youngster where he wants to go.
Bleacher Report revealed yesterday that Sancho WOULD be open to an Etihad return in future and bears no grudge against his previous employers. Will City make a move to bring Sancho back? That’s probably a question for a future year.