Jadon Sancho’s move from Watford to Man City set for FA investigation amid claims of illegal £200,000 payment by Premier League champions to agent
- Jadon Sancho left Watford’s academy to join Manchester City’s in 2015
- Claims have been made that City made an illegal payment of £200,000 to Sancho’s agent, Emeka Obasi, as part of his move
- Der Spiegel suggest City attempted to hide the payment to Obasi by offering him a scouting contract
The FA have confirmed it will investigate claims that Manchester City made an illegal payment of £200,000 to Jadon Sancho’s agent as part of his move from Watford in 2015.
Leaked emails published by German newspaper Der Spiegel suggest City attempted to hide the payment to Emeka Obasi by offering him a scouting contract.
They claim that Obasi was given a remit to scout for players in Central and South America.
Manchester City’s 2015 move for Jadon Sancho (pictured in 2016) is set for an FA investigation
It is claimed that City made an illegal payment for Sancho, who is now at Borussia Dortmund, by paying his agent £200,000 when he swapped Watford’s academy for theirs
Der Spiegel published an internal email from a City employee, which stated the ‘scouting services agreement’ is actually ‘in relation to Jadon and his agent Emeka’, and the £200,000 figure appeared in an internal Manchester City table under the heading ‘Agent Fee’.
City may also be in breach of rules banning incentives or inducements for players under 16. In addition – under FA and Fifa rules – agents are not permitted to represent players until the year they turn 16.
At the time of the transfer, Sancho was just 14.
Speaking to the Times, an FA spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that we will be investigating the allegations.’
City acquired the highly rated Sancho as a 14-year-old before he left for Dortmund in 2017
Sancho left City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017 – in a bid to seek regular first-team football.
The 18-year-old’s time in Germany has proved a roaring success so far as Dortmund sit top of the Bundesliga this season.
The winger has scored eight goals and provided 10 assists for Lucien Favre’s side – with his feats having earned him his first England caps.
He is excelling in Germany – having scored eight league goals and provided 10 assists this term