By Danny Wright
Manchester City teenager Jadon Sancho has opted to join Tottenham having been tabled an offer by them and bitter rivals Arsenal, according to a report.
ESPN claims that Sancho, 17, is keen on a move to Spurs after he decided to call quits on his time at Man City as he fears that there is little chance of him earning first-team football there in the future.
The England Under-17 attacker has one year remaining on his scholarship deal at City and it is understood that although he can leave, he will not be able to play for the north London club unless the Citizens decide to terminate his deal.
Tottenham are said to be in the belief that Premier League giants Man City will not cut short his scholarship deal and it is reported that the Londoners would have to pay a compensation fee of £3-4million in order to sign him.
Sancho was left out of the Man City squad that toured the US earlier this summer with ESPN reporting that Pep Guardiola made the decision himself, even though the attack-mind winger had been in top form for the Young Lions at the 2017 European Under-17 Championships.
The report adds that City are still hopeful that Sancho will sign a new deal despite choosing to join Spurs.
Football Insider Verdict
Sancho’s motivation to leave Man City seems to be entirely focused on whether or not he will be able to earn first-team football in the near future, which is a respectable goal. However the way that he was tried to force through this move, at his age, is perhaps a bad sign. He may have been misguided by agents or other influences, but to be 17-years-old and try desperately to leave your club isn’t something that would impress most managers. It shows how highly Man City rate him, as after all this they still want to offer him a new deal. It could be a good deal for Spurs, £4million isn’t a lot of money these days and Sancho could be worth 10 times that much in the future.
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