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Chelsea edge ahead of rivals in Jadon Sancho transfer race after ‘opening talks’

Chelsea have reportedly opened talks with representative of Jadon Sancho as Frank Lampard looks to strengthen his squad this summer.

Borussia Dortmund star Sancho has been linked with a move to the Premier League when the transfer window reopens with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United also interested.

Sancho has impressed this season, netting 13 goals as well as laying on 13 assists in just 20 matches.

And France Football claim Chelsea have moved ahead of their rivals in pursuit of a signing of Sancho by opening talks with the 19-year-old’s representatives.

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The Blues have already confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will head to Stamford Bridge in the summer and could now bolster their attacking options with the signing of Sancho.

France Football add that Dortmund could receive a club-record fee for players sold for Sancho.

The current record for the Bundesliga outfit is the £89.5m they received from Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele in 2017.

Chelsea could be ahead of their rivals as they sit in fourth in the Premier League, currently qualifying for the Champions League.

Jadon Sancho has been linked with a move to the Premier League
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Manchester City have been banned from European competitions for two seasons while Manchester United are down in ninth.

Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol recently said: “His future depends on two things.

“The first one is: is anyone going to offer the kind of money that is going to tempt Borussia Dortmund to sell him? We’re talking about about more than £100m.

“The second factor: footballing reasons. He is not going to leave Dortmund unless he goes into an environment where he thinks he can develop.

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“And that means, really, he has to have Champions League football.

“So, where we are at the moment is that I don’t think we can say there’s…

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