Manchester United look set to finally sign Jadon Sancho and Manchester City were never going to stop them whilst Pep Guardiola was manager.
Sancho's potential move to United was the longest, and most unsuccessful, transfer of last summer, with Borussia Dortmund wanting over £100 million, a price United wouldn't pay.
The links have never gone away and, according to recent reports, a deal is now expected to be done in the coming weeks, for less money.
United's local rivals City might have considered hijacking the deal, considering how talented a forward the 21-year-old is, but it seems that would never have been considered by Guardiola.
According to the Mirror, the City boss is a fan of the player but Sancho's decision to miss training when he was attempting to force a move away from the Etihad Stadium in 2017 means the manager would never sign him again.
At just 17-years-old, Sancho had requested assurances over his playing time when he was negotiating a new contract for City.
After he didn't get those assurances, the former Watford youngster was left out of the squad for a pre season tour to the US.
That's when Sancho decided to leave the club in order to chase first team football, and he was signed for roughly £8 million by Dortmund.
Guardiola's decision not to try and re-sign the forward might not bother City fans too much, consider how stacked their side is, but United will be hoping his capture helps close the gap on their rivals.
The forward's friendship with England teammate Marcus Rashford led people to believe that the deal was imminent last week.
Whilst there was no buy back on the deal that saw Sancho go to the Bundesliga, City will benefit from the England international moving this summer.
There is a sell-on clause of 15% of profit on the original eight million deal, that means the Premier League champions are expected to earn around £11 million.
During his four years in Germany, Sancho has scored 50 times in 137 games for Dortmund and build a very good partnership with Erling Haaland.
He won his first major piece of silverware in the DFB Pokal final last month, scoring twice vs RB Leipzig, and will be hoping to add the Euro 2020 title this summer.
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