Where will Jadon Sancho go next?
By Joe Harker
Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho looks set to leave the club in the summer transfer window.
Widely considered one of the top talents in football, he and Lionel Messi are the only players in Europe's top five leagues who are in double figures for both goals and assists.
He scores, he sets up goals and at just 19 years old he ought to have a spectacular career ahead of him, so where might his next step on that career path be?
A return to England seems the most likely destination as Sancho is expected to command a transfer fee north of £100 million and the riches of the Premier League means there will be clubs who can afford that price.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said the club had received no bids for Sancho but admitted the Bundesliga club couldn't guarantee he would still be around next season.
The club are looking at potential replacements for Sancho, a move which has been interpreted as an acceptance that they won't have him for much longer.
A number of top Premier League clubs will be vying for Sancho. Manchester United and Chelsea likely have the biggest need for his talents but Liverpool might be a more attractive option.
The Daily Mirror reports Liverpool are keeping tabs on the player's situation but also report Sancho would prefer to join Manchester United if he returned to England.
Liverpool could promise him immediate title races and tilts at the Champions League, though they are well stocked with players in Sancho's positions. He would need to usurp one of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to guarantee as much playing time as possible.
United want to sign younger English talents and Sancho would be the best example of a player who fits that profile. He is the perfect player for their transfer strategy and would fill a gap on the wing in the first team which has arguably been left vacant for years.
However, the club is something of a mess at the moment and it might be a while before they are challenging for titles again. Sancho's arrival could help fix that issue but there are clubs in a better state that he could join.
Chelsea are interested in Sancho as they seek to find a long term successor to Eden Hazard and replacements for the aging Willian and Pedro.
The Counter Claim:
A transfer will probably happen, but with the asking price for Sancho starting at £120 million it may transpire that the interested clubs struggle to stump up the cash required.
His contract doesn't expire for another couple of years so if no club pays what Dortmund deem to be an appropriate sum then he might not be moving after all.
Any club buying Sancho would be paying for one of the top talents in the world, perhaps securing his services for a decade or more.
There is plenty of interest in Sancho and clubs would be foolish not to pay attention to it but there must come a point where one of the clubs actually spends over £100 million on a player.
They can haggle with Dortmund and agree personal terms with Sancho but until a club willing to fork over the necessary fee actually does so then there is no move.
Jadon Sancho has 15 goals and 17 assists in 29 club appearances this season, making him the third highest goalscorer in the Bundesliga (behind two strikers) and the second highest assist maker in Europe's top leagues (behind Kevin De Bruyne).
He was a Chelsea fan in his youth, but came through the Watford youth academy at first before moving to Manchester City aged 14.
A lack of playing time and opportunities for younger players at City led him to seek a move away from the club, resulting in Sancho heading for Germany for a fee of around £8 million when he was 17.
Since then he has made 84 appearances for Dortmund and scored 29 goals in that time, with the current season being his most prolific one. He has also made 11 appearances for England and scored twice.