Real Madrid: 5 big-name attacking players to sign next summer

Erling Haaland (Photo by Max Maiwald/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
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Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho (Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) /

Dortmund WF Jadon Sancho

We head back to Borussia Dortmund to discuss Erling Haaland’s teammate, Jadon Sancho, who was one of Europe’s absolute best players in the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons. Sancho hasn’t started the 2020-2021 season at his best, but still has him at 3.0 dribbles completed per game and 1.6 key passes per game.

An electric dribbler who can score and create chances, Sancho is a world-class winger. He is at the level of Real Madrid and has been Dortmund’s best weapon at beating low-blocks, other than Haaland through the middle.

There are some red flags with Sancho. He will be costly, as Manchester United found out. Dortmund are not interested in giving any discounts for such a valuable young player. His playing style is similar to Eden Hazard’s, though he is flexible and can score or assist from the right. He’s also more of an assist-provider than goal-scorer. Finally, there is a jump to playing the defenses in La Liga as a Real Madrid player vs. benefiting from Dortmund’s attack in the more high-flying Bundesliga. And can Sancho bring the goal-scoring that Real truly need out wide?

Sancho is such a good player, though. With 29 goals and 30 assists in the Bundesliga in his first two seasons with Dortmund, the 20-year-old has already accomplished so much since establishing himself as a starting player in Germany. The England international has a high valuation, but he is worth that price. But Sancho only makes sense if Real Madrid sign a true goal-scoring striker. Would Dortmund really sell them Haaland and Sancho in the same window?