​Manchester United 'believe' that they're still leading the race to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund next year, although Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona are among a group of clubs who are also tracking the England international.


The 19-year-old really emerged as a star player for Dortmund last season, where he was directly involved in 32 goals in 43 appearances across all competitions, something which prompted a host of transfer interest before the start of the 2019/20 campaign.


Borussia Dortmund held their nerve and held onto Sancho, but club officials have already admitted the England international will eventually leave and it's expected that this will be his last season in the Bundesliga.

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At the start of the season, 90min learned that United were confident about the possibility of signing Sancho in 2020 and have already been planning how they would finance a move for the former Manchester City academy star.


90min also understands that Sancho would be open to moving to Old Trafford.


In the latest development surrounding Sancho's future, The Telegraph has reported that Manchester United are still confident they're leading the race for Sancho's signature - and 'believe' themselves to be frontrunners even amid interest from other top sides across Europe.


There have been suggestions throughout the season so far that a move away from Borussia Dortmund could happen in the January transfer window, but even after Sancho's falling out with the club, he's still more likely set to stay until the end of the season.

The teenager was fined by the club and subsequently dropped for their match against surprise title contenders Borussia Mönchengladbach after he arrived late from international duty, which sporting director Michael Zorc hinted was a way that Sancho could 'test his limits' at Dortmund.


Things got worse between Sancho and Borussia Dortmund after Der Klassiker, where the England international returned from injury only to be substituted off in the first half - something which manager Lucien Favre claimed was down to the winger's performance being 'not good enough'.


Meanwhile, Portuguese newspaper Record (via the ​Daily Express) understand Sporting CP are resigned to losing Bruno Fernandes, with United ​competing with Tottenham and Real Madrid for his signature.


The midfielder has been in fine form again this season, with nine goals and six assists in 17 games at club level.


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