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England investigates Nigerian agent in Sancho’s deal


Dortmund’s English midfielder Jadon Sancho celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen on February 24, 2019 in Dortmund. (Photo by Patrik STOLLARZ / AFP) /

The English Football Association is investigating an alleged illegal payment made to a Nigerian agent, Emeka Obasi in the deal that took Jadon Sancho from Watford to Manchester City.

According to Press Association, the investigation is over allegation that Obasi received £200,000 from Manchester City to effect Sancho’s transfer when the player was 14.

German magazine Der Spiegel claimed City made the banned payment to Obasi in relation to the deal that took the youngster to the club from Watford in 2015.


Under Premier League rules, clubs are not permitted to offer financial inducements to a player under 16 or any person connected with that player.

An FA spokesperson said in a statement: “We can confirm that the FA will be investigating the allegations.”

City responded to the claims on Friday, saying in a statement: “The attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organised and clear.

“We will not be providing any comment on out of context materials purported to have been hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people.”

Sancho did not made a first-team appearance for City and moved to German side Borussia Dortmund for £8 million in August 2017.

One of the Bundesliga’s outstanding players this season, the winger made his England debut against the United States in November.

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