Former Arsenal boss confirms he had tried to sign Sancho for the club

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has acknowledged that he had tried to pursue Jadon Sancho from Manchester City. The teenager was heavily linked with the north London side during the summer of 2017 but the Citizens rather decided to offload him overseas with Borussia Dortmund acquiring his signature.

In a report covered by Sky Sports News, Wenger has admitted that the Gunners were in the race to sign the 18-year-old in his final season in charge of the club but they could not find the breakthrough in terms of the negotiations, he said: “I wanted to take him from Man City when he didn’t get the games. I tried to lure him because he’s from London. I tried to get him to Arsenal. He’s one of the best players of his generation. He can dribble, he has the arrogance.There’s something in there that is part of the big players. You can call it arrogance, confidence, belief; but it has to be there.”

Sancho has grown from strength-to-strength during his time in the Bundesliga and his performances have been recognised by Gareth Southgate, who handed him his maiden England cap last year. Elsewhere, his showing has already caught the attention of other elite teams including Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain and there has already been the speculation that he could move on from Dortmund at the right price during the summer.

Sancho, who has contributed seven goals and nine assists in the Bundesliga this term, is currently valued at nearly £100m but that has now warded off the interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, who have already spent a combined package of £360m to lure Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to Parc des Princes over the past 18 months. Sancho was recently in Champions League round of 16 action at Tottenham Hotspur where Dortmund suffered a damaging 3-0 first leg defeat.