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The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer factor that could benefit Chelsea in Jadon Sancho transfer race

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Jadon Sancho must join the club where he will continue to develop amid links to Chelsea ahead of the summer transfer window.

That’s the view of former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince.

The Borussia Dortmund wonderkid is a target for almost every top European club including the west London outfit and the Red Devils, but Ince thinks the winger has to consider Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s credentials before making a decision.

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“When it comes to transfers, it’s not just about the team, it’s about the manager,” Ince told Paddy Power News. “Let’s look at Raheem Sterling as an example, Pep Guardiola has turned him into a world class player through his coaching and guidance.

“Sometimes as a player, it’s about looking at a team’s manager and coaching staff and whether they’d take you to that next level.

“That’s a decision Sancho will need to make.

“We know that Pep is experienced in that area, we know he can improve a player.

“But can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? We don’t know that, whatsoever. We have no clue what he’s like at developing a player of that magnitude.

“He’s clearly trying to develop a young team, so that will help, but in terms of actually the man to man management and development of someone like Sancho, he’s a total unknown. We’ve not seen any evidence yet that he can take a player to the next level.

“Firstly, he’s not been at United long enough to know that, but also because in his previous jobs he’s not had players like that at his disposable.

“We’ve seen it with Pep, and we’ve seen it with Jurgen Klopp, and the best managers are the ones who can take a player to that new level and improve them. Ole’s not at that yet, it doesn’t mean he can’t do that, but we’ve not had that proof yet.

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“To use myself as an example, when I went to Inter Milan, I became a far better player under Roy Hodgson. He truly took my game to a next level, I felt fitter, stronger, my awareness went up tenfold.

“That, plus the change in culture and experience that I had. What I’m saying is, Sancho needs to consider all of those factors, culture, environment, team, and ultimately the manager.”

Given that Lampard has already developed the likes of Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, whilst also handing chances to several youngsters this season, it could be this factor which gives the Blues an advantage over United in regards to Sancho.

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