The past week has been dominated by talks of Jadon Sancho’s imminent move to Manchester United and an agreement between the club and Borussia Dortmund was announced earlier this week. The move is yet to be finalized but the winger is expected to join the club once his involvement in the Euro’s ends.
Gareth Southgate, who has used Sancho sporadically in their opening four games, has discussed Sancho’s pending return to the Premier League ahead of their quarter-final tie against Ukraine.
"Jadon Sancho to @ManUtd appears to be happening – has it been a distraction?"
"No – in fact I think Jadon over the last seven days has trained at the best level in the time with us."
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 3, 2021
“No, in fact, I think Jadon over the last seven days has trained at the best level over the time with us,” Southgate told ITV when quizzed on whether talks over Sancho’s move has been a distraction.
“You accept there are lots of ongoing transfer situations but we can’t stop peoples phone’s ringing, we can’t stop business happening outside of that. I think you just have to trust the player and I think they’re all very focused.
“I haven’t really had a long discussion with him (Sancho) about it at this moment because that story has been going for 12 months. When everything is confirmed, I’m sure I’ll have a chat with him.”
Some reports claim that the 21-year-old is in line for a first start in the competition, having been held to just six minutes of action in the four games leading up to England’s quarter-final.
Should Southgate’s side suffer a shock defeat, it is expected that official confirmation of the transfer will follow within days, with necessary medical examinations the only remaining detail.