Manchester United to hand Jadon Sancho iconic shirt number as Borussia Dortmund finally agree £72.6m transfer

Jadon Sancho will be handed the iconic No. 7 shirt at Manchester United after Borussia Dortmund finally agreed a transfer deal with the Premier League club worth an initial £72.6million.

After a lengthy pursuit – Manchester United began tracking Sancho over 12 months ago – the 21-year-old is finally set to become a Red Devils players after signing a five-year contract at Old Trafford, according to The Athletic.

United’s lucrative deal with Bundesliga outfit Dortmund means Sancho will become the second most expensive English footballer in history, behind his future club team-mate Harry Maguire, who cost £80m.

Sancho will wear the No. 7 jersey at Old Trafford, which was made famous by George Best in the 1960s and has also been worn by the likes of Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Borussia Dortmund told Sancho he would be allowed to move on this summer if a club met his valuation, and they have finally been satisfied with United’s bid after a number of approaches.

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Sancho, who is currently part of England’s squad at Euro 2020, will now undertake a medical ahead of his official unveiling as a Manchester United player.

While he has barely featured at the Euros and was an unused substitute in Tuesday’s 2-0 last-16 victory over Germany, Sancho enjoyed another impressive campaign in Germany last season.

Manchester United finished second in the Premier League last term and reached the Europa League final, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope Sancho and a few more additions can help the Red Devils challenge for major honours next season.

Solskjaer still hopes to sign a new centre-back partner for club captain Harry Maguire – Raphael Varane and Pau Torres have emerged as targets – while a right-back to create competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka is being considered.