Former Liverpool star Emre Can advises Sancho against Man United move: ‘No reason to put United above Dortmund’

Emre Can has today provided his take on the rumours that Borussia Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho could join Manchester United this summer.

Sancho’s Old Trafford links

Despite the expectation that the opening of the summer transfer window will be delayed, and the financial restrictions set to be brought about by the COVID-19 crisis, speculation surrounding the futures of some of European football’s biggest stars has continued to swirl of late.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Philippe Coutinho and Neymar have been hotly-tipped to be on the move this summer, with Manchester United and Barcelona just two of the sides hopeful of securing major reinforcements ahead of next season.

Few, if any, though, have been more persistently linked with an imminent exit from their current club than Jadon Sancho.

Amid another scintillating campaign with Borussia Dortmund, during which the young Englishman has racked up a hefty 17 goals and 19 assists, speculation has been rife that Sancho could be set for a Premier League return.

Recent weeks, meanwhile have seen Manchester United widely reported to have established themselves as frontrunners in the race for Sancho’s signature, amid claims that the electric wide-man is ‘very open’ to the prospect of a move to Old Trafford.

Jadon Sancho

DORTMUND, GERMANY – DECEMBER 07: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal which is later disallowed by VAR during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Signal Iduna Park on December 07, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

‘Tell him to stay put’

As things stand, though, it of course remains altogether unclear whether the Red Devils could actually seal a summer deal for Sancho.

But, as outlined above, one individual of the opinion that the English international would be making a mistake in linking up with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad in the near future is Emre Can.

Speaking in an interview with Sport Bild earlier today, former Liverpool star Can was drawn on the future of his Dortmund teammate, with a particular emphasis on the rumours of United’s interest.

The German international, though, was quick to reveal his opinion that, at present, the Manchester giants do not represent a step up from Dortmund:

‘I see no reason to put Manchester United above Borussia Dortmund. Not from a sporting side and not because of the appeal.’

Can continued:

‘I’d tell him to stay put and let’s play together forever.’

‘Jadon has class that not a lot of players possess. I noticed that fairly quickly. He’s enormously important for us.’

Quotes via the Evening Standard

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.