Jadon Sancho was the talk of the summer transfer window.
Manchester United were linked with a move for the England international pretty much from the window opening to when it closed in October.
And they were not the only ones.
While Chelsea eventually settled on signing Bayer Leverkusen’s highly-rated Kai Havertz, the Blues were also noted to be in the running for Sancho’s signature.
After goals and assists galore in his previous two seasons in Germany, Sancho has struggled this term, although he still has six goals and seven assists for Dortmund.
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He only netted his first Bundesliga goal for his club on January 3, although he did follow it up with his second in as many games on January 9, suggesting he is back to his brilliant best.
And if that form continues it will inevitably lead to more speculation around his future and the likelihood of Manchester United and Chelsea following up on 2020 interest this summer.
That will leave Dortmund with a decision to make and a big decision they must make this summer.
At 20 years old, Sancho is hugely valuable and would command a hefty transfer fee. Figures anywhere between £120million and £150million were banded about last summer.
However, that could change this time around.
Sancho’s current Dortmund contract is up at the end of June 2023, although there are talks around extending it for a further year.
If Dortmund do not come to an agreement over an extension, however, they may have to cash in on the young frontman this summer, or pay the price a year down the line.
Dortmund will have to sell this summer, to avoid losing Sancho at a reduced price with only a year left on his contract in 2022, or, most shockingly of all for them, on a free in 2023.
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