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Jadon Sancho could snub Man Utd transfer for Chelsea as key Frank Lampard stat emerges.
publishedby @footballnews,MAY 11 2020.
Jadon Sancho could opt to join Chelsea over Manchester United this summer due to one key statistic.
He is being pursued by a number of top European clubs, with Chelsea and Manchester United leading the race for the Borussia Dortmund winger. Sancho is valued at around £120million, but that will not put off pursuers who are set for a transfer tug-of-war over the England international.
Sancho is under contract with Dortmund until 2022, having signed a new deal in August that saw his wages bump up to a rumoured £200,000-a-week.
The 20-year-old has certainly justified his pay rise, bagging 17 goals and providing 19 assists in 35 appearances across all competitions this season.
Those impressive returns back up a similarly stunning 2018/19 campaign at the Signal Iduna Park, during which Sancho scored 13 goals and served up 19 assists in 43 outings.
Sancho is therefore rightly considered one of the hottest properties in world football right now, having moved to Dortmund from Manchester City for just £8m in 2017.
A return to the Premier League beckons this summer, but it remains to be seen where the winger will end up with Chelsea and United both battling for his signature.
The Blues are already thought to have an advantage with Sancho believed to be a boyhood Chelsea fan and eager for a return to his home city.
And Frank Lampard may have one other key statistic in his favour when looking to lure his priority target to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Lampard has ushered in a new wave of youthful talent this season, handing 23.3 per cent of minutes to youngsters this campaign.
A squad containing the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori is a good indication of his trust in the next generation.
Billy Gilmour and Tariq Lamptey have also been given a chance to impress as the Chelsea academy made the most of the club’s recent transfer ban preventing new players being registered.
Compare this to United, where Under 21s have featured for just 13.7 per cent of minutes this campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have enjoyed breakthrough seasons while Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also represent the younger players at Old Trafford, but the latter is the only player to nail down a starting berth.
Admittedly, Sancho should have no such trouble with United desperate for creativity and the winger already established on the European and international stage.
However, the statistics still gives a good indication of the two clubs’ attitudes to youth development and could be a key influencer in Sancho’s choice this summer.
As for the rest of Sancho’s suitors, champions-elect Liverpool have a settled side with Under-21s featuring in just 9 per cent of minutes – largely thanks to Trent Alexander-Arnold.