Jadon Sancho has been hailed as “a perfect player” by Lothar Matthaus, with a £7 million ($9m) bargain expected to make Borussia Dortmund a sizeable profit in the transfer market.
The 18-year-old is now part of England's senior squad having impressed in the chances he has been afforded in the first team at Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last 18 months, with the decision to leave Manchester City in the summer of 2017 proving to be the right one.
German legend Matthaus is impressed by what he has seen from a talent destined to be involved in a big-money deal at some stage as he remains on an upward career curve.
Matthaus said: “The first time I saw Jadon Sancho he made me stand still. And that’s never happened before. It was when he was playing for the England Under-17s against Norway in the European Championships. I was in the gym, on the running machine, with the television on. But after 15 minutes I stopped running to watch it more closely. I would normally never do that. I am focused on my run.
“He is a natural footballer, who loves to play on the left wing but has unbelievable talent. Sancho is a player who has everything. He has fantastic speed, great technique, a good eye for his colleagues and that key pass. Everything he does he pulls off at high speed at the right moment.
“For me he is a perfect player. The ability he has is instinctive, natural. You cannot teach that brilliance. What is clear is that he loves just playing football, loves the ball. He is not thinking about money, about the next Ferrari he can buy. He looks to have both feet on the ground.
“He arrived in Dortmund as a 17-year-old, leaving England for the first time. He was away from his home and family for the first time. Dortmund gave him time. Now, when he plays, he makes the difference and excites everyone.
“They bought him for only £7m. And they know that in three or four years’ time, when it is right for Sancho to move on, they will get an awful lot more than that.”