Jadon Sancho has become the latest young English player to move overseas after Borussia Dortmund confirmed the 17-year-old has joined from Manchester City for a fee understood to be around £8m.

Sancho, who was voted the player of the tournament at the European Under-17 Championship at which England were the runners-up, had been linked with moves to Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham but has opted to move to the Bundesliga.

“We are very pleased Jadon Sancho, who is one of the greatest talents in European football, will definitely play at BVB,” said the Dortmund sports director, Michael Zorc. “We are convinced we can help this very young player continue to develop his game and become a real asset for our team.”

Sancho, who will wear the No7 shirt vacated by Ousmane Dembélé when he joined Barcelona for an initial £95m last week, turned down the offer of a new contract to stay at City worth a reported £30,000. Dortmund’s deal also includes significant add-ons and a sell-on clause.

Sancho, joins fellow England youth internationals Kaylen Hinds, Mandela Egbo and Reece Oxford, who moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach on loan from West Ham for the season in June, in trying their luck in Germany’s top division. He began his career at Watford before moving to City in March 2015.

This article was written by Ed Aarons, for The Guardian on Thursday 31st August 2017 19.57 Europe/London

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