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Arsene Wenger reveals he tried to sign Jadon Sancho at Arsenal

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Jadon Sancho swapped Manchester City for Dortmund in 2017 (Picture: Getty)

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed he made a failed bid to sign Dortmund star Jadon Sancho when he was at Manchester City.

The teenager has lit up the Bundesliga since making the shock decision to leave City for Germany in 2017 after growing impatient for an opportunity under Pep Guardiola.

Sancho was back in his hometown of London on Wednesday when his Dortmund side took on Tottenham in the last-16 of the Champions League.

And Wenger has revealed that he tried to sign Sancho when it became apparent that he wanted to leave City.

Jadon Sancho was a transfer target for Wenger!#beINUCL #beINWenger

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‘It’s an incredible story because the pressure on these young boys from a young age is very big, Wenger told beIN Sports.

‘The second thing is the pressure form all the clubs.I say that freely because I wanted to take him from City when he didn’t get the games.

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‘I tried to lure him – because he’s from London – I tried to get him to Arsenal.

‘I must say they get a lot of money before they have played games, that doesn’t improve their hunger. For these boys it’a test because they are rich before they play. ‘

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Wenger has made somewhat of a habit over the years of angering Arsenal fans by revealing the number of players he failed to sign.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, N’Golo Kante and Wayne Rooney are just a selection of superstars that Wenger admitted he was close to signing.

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