Not since the days of Michael Mancienne has an Englishman left the home comforts of the Premier League for the Bundesliga.
But RB Leipzig aren’t a club that do things in a traditional way, especially when it comes to transfers.
None of Leipzig’s permanent signings this season were over the age of 22, with 19-year-old Scottish winger Oliver Burke one a handful of youngsters to move to the club.
Now ‘Germany’s most hated club’, so named because of their Red Bull-driven rise through the leagues, have their eye on another British youngster.
Leipzig are interested in signing Man City’s 17-year-old winger Jadon Sancho, according to Bild.
The England Under-17 international is yet to make his City first-team debut, having joined from Watford’s academy in March 2015.
But he’s widely regarded as one of City’s most promising talents, and a player Pep Guardiola is keeping a close eye on.
He impressed during the UEFA Youth League and has been near unplayable during England Under-17s progression to the semi-finals of the European Championships, scoring four goals.
Leipzig reportedly face competition from two fellow Bundesliga sides and Arsenal.
So why would Sancho jeopardise a potential future at City for a move to Leipzig?
As displayed by their youthful approach to the transfer market, Leipzig have no qualms with trusting young players in the first-team.
This season 22-year-old Naby Keita and 21-year-old Timo Werner have been at the heart of Lepizig’s Champions League qualification.
Die Bullen kept pace with Bayern Munich for much of the season and will finish above Borussia Dortmund in second place.
So with Champions League football next season, a heightened chance of playing first-team football and plenty of youthful exuberance to bounce off, there are quite a few reasons for Sancho to make the move.
Better dig out that German phrasebook, Jadon.