Arsenal, Spurs battle for wantaway Man City starlet

Date published: Friday 21st July 2017 12:10

Arsenal and Tottenham could compete for the signature of Jadon Sancho after the youngster turned down a new deal at Manchester City.

Sancho is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in England, and starred for his country’s Under-17 side as they impressed at the U17 Euros this summer.

The forward scored four goals and assisted a further four as England lost to Spain in the final on a penalty shoot-out.

The 17-year-old was expected to be named in City’s tour squad for their visit to the United States this summer, but was omitted from the list by manager Pep Guardiola.

The Independent claim that City changed their mind ‘because he has still not signed his new deal’, despite the club having offered a contract worth around £30,000 per week.

They add that Sancho is reluctant to agree to that deal because he believes ‘the path to the first-team is blocked at City and that he could play first-team football sooner elsewhere’.

Arsenal and Tottenham both have a long-standing interest in the player, with the latter attempting to include Sancho in the deal which saw Kyle Walker move to the Etihad Stadium.

If Sancho does join either north London club this summer, City would be in line for up to £4m in compensation – although they still hope to persuade him to stay.

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