Article written by Dan Tracey for Football Further
Over the past couple of years, the Bundesliga has become home to a wave of young English talent. Frustrated at the lack of first team opportunities, a whole host of academy starlets have now decided to try their luck abroad.
And it must be said it is a decision that seems to be paying dividends for all parties involved. For the next generation of stars, they get a platform to show just how good they really are and for the German clubs, they can make use of a player who soon begins to reach their full potential.
One of the players who has made this particular move and is arguably having the most success of the newfound ‘British Invasion’ is that of Jadon Sancho. The now 18-year-old made the move to Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 and since then he has never looked back.
Since moving to the current Bundesliga table toppers, the former Manchester City youngster has gone on to win full international honours with England and will be looking to represent his country at this summer’s UEFA Nations League finals.
Having never made a first team appearance, Sancho left City for a fee of £8m and on the basis of his performances with Dortmund then you would have to say it was money well spent. However, it is time in England which is now under the microscope.
After starting his burgeoning career with Watford, he then joined last season’s Premier League champions at the age 14. That in itself is not the issue, it is the claim that they also made an ‘illegal payment’ to an agent in order to facilitate the move.
FA rules state that clubs are not permitted to offer financial inducements to players under 16. With this in mind, German publication Der Spiegel have reported that City made a £200k payment to agent Emeka Obasi.
The allegation stems from the fact that Obasi received the payment, one that was initially believed to be for scouting work in central and South America. On closer inspection, the German news heavyweights are reporting that the fee was actually in relation to Sancho linking up with his new club.
Der Spiegel have broken a number of investigative reports as of late, ones that have certainly garnered the interest of the sporting world and this latest offering has now also attracted the attention of the Football Association.
They have now announced that are keen to investigate this further and should City have broken any rules, then there will certainly be a precedent to punish them. It was only as recently as April 2017, that Liverpool found themselves in hot water with the authorities.
The Merseysiders were found guilty by the Premier League of offering financial inducements to a Stoke youngster, a breach that in the end costed them an additional £100k. If the F.A. take a dim view of this reported illegal agent payment, then City can expect a similar sized fine.