A rivalry is amongst the many things that spice football up even more. When local rivals clash, the derby atmosphere is electric and is a sight to behold. However, this enmity is not confined just to the pitch, and more often than not, seeps even into the business side of the sport.
This proved precisely the case when Manchester City sold their youth prodigy Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund on deadline day.
Reports from the Manchester Evening News indicate that Manchester United were immensely interested in securing the services of the 17-year-old. Moreover, London clubs Tottenham and Chelsea too, were believed to have been in the race to sign the Englishman, who has been hailed ‘amongst the best emerging talents in Europe’.
Reports suggest that City were adamant that if they are unable to hold on to the winger themselves, no other English club would employ him either, especially not their illustrious neighbors.
Hence, only foreign clubs were allowed to negotiate a deal for the youngster, and Borussia Dortmund emerged as the winners, securing a deal worth around £10 million.
Sancho has been given the No.7 shirt at BVB, earlier sported by Ousmane Dembélé, who forced a move to Barcelona last week.
The deadline day arrival is a direct replacement for the Frenchman, and can hope to be given a significant amount of game time with the German side. It was the lack of opportunity to break into the first team that led to him wanting to depart from the Etihad.
However, if United are indeed adamant to sign him, they need not fret. Judging by how the present trend is functioning, the teenager ought to be back in the market in just another season or two attached to a tremendous price tag that the Mancunian club will be more than happy to meet.
If that does occur though, will the Blue side of Manchester interfere yet again?
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.