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‘One helluva player’ – Lineker reacts to Sancho-Man Utd move

Gary Lineker has called Jadon Sancho ‘one helluva player’ after the winger’s deal to join Manchester United was agreed.

The 21-year-old will join the Red Devils for €85million (£72.6m) once personal terms and a medical have been completed.

He’s been wanted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for over a year to improve their attack.

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Reacting to news of a transfer, Lineker tweeted: “So it appears Sancho is about to sign for Man Utd. All agreed. You’ve got one helluva player. Much better than you probably realise.”

Sancho enjoyed a brilliant campaign in 2020/21 after a slow start. He managed 16 goals and 20 assists in all competitions as Dortmund finished third in the Bundesliga.

He also scored twice in the DFB-Pokal final as Dortmund beat RB Leipzig 4-1 to lift the trophy.

Fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand was similarly ecstatic about the signing.

He said: “Sancho’s arrived, Sancho’s here! I feel beautiful man.

“This boy, just look at his stats, they don’t lie. In terms of goal involvements he was the second most over three seasons – that’s a fact.

“He’s got to convert that to the Premier League which is difficult, we’ve seen that, but listen, I believe in Jadon Sancho.

“Since he was a kid, he’s had hot press, hot expectations, he had the bravery to leave Man City and go abroad. Personality, character.”

Sancho will form a vital part of United’s hunt for the title next season.

He will likely operate on the right wing, with Edinson Cavani spearheading the attack and either Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial on the left.

Solskjaer also has Jesse Lingard back from a hugely successful loan spell with West Ham. He could now fight for a starting spot at Old Trafford.

Sancho first caught the attention of United scouts while he was in City’s academy. He formed a frightening partnership with Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz but saw his first-team opportunities limited at the Etihad.

As such, he was sold to Dortmund in 2017 for a measly £7million.

Pep Guardiola’s side will reportedly receive £10million after inserting a 15% sell-on clause in the original transfer.

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