Borussia Dortmund are reportedly happy to sell Jadon Sancho but Liverpool should think twice about moving for the winger.
The Independent say that Dortmund have finally decided to sell the player. They describe a situation of ‘war in all directions’ – a dramatic way of saying that everyone wants out at this point.
There’s high demand for Sancho, naturally. The Independent, again, say that Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Liverpool are all fighting for the front of the line.
Some more than others, however. United appear virtually certain that he’s the right man, even if Sancho himself isn’t ‘keen’. City and Reds, on the other hand, are merely monitoring things.
Regardless, Dortmund will want a huge fee for the player despite their willingness to sell. This report says ‘at least £100m’ – and everyone would surely agree on that.
One last factor that needs to be mentioned, though, is the ‘why’. That is, why Dortmund are suddenly willing to sell their most valuable asset.
The answer? A line of disciplinary issues. The club suspended Sancho last month after he returned late from England duty. He clearly didn’t learn his lesson, however, and he reportedly showed up late for a team meeting and training ahead of the Barcelona game.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool need to think hard on Sancho. He’s a wonderfully gifted and exciting player but he’s clearly got baggage. Dortmund are willing to sell, after all, and that’s not a good sign. They’ve decided the money is worth more than the hassle.
And so it’s worth remembering the last time Dortmund sold a player for over £100m. Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona as one of the most exciting young players in the world. He also had disciplinary issues hanging over him, however.
It’s no exaggeration to say that his transfer is only saved from being the least value for money ever because Philippe Coutinho made a worse one four months later.
There is a much higher risk of Sancho following suit than is immediately apparent. It’s very easy, after all, to find yourself blinded by his talent – much like Barcelona were.
Liverpool need to think long and hard on Sancho. They want him now but it’s important to make sure they still do come the summer. It could easily look like an expensive mistake, otherwise.