According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool have informed Borussia Dortmund of their desire to sign Jadon Sancho this summer, with the Bundesliga runners-up expected to demand at least £100m for the 19-year-old’s services.
What could give Liverpool the edge in a potential deal is the fact the Reds are about to enter into a club-record kit deal with Sancho’s sponsors Nike next season. This, coupled with Jurgen Klopp’s connections with Dortmund, who he led for seven years, could prove definitive in their pursuit of the London-born superstar.
The report also states that Sancho’s former club Manchester City are also expected to bid for the teenager, who left the Etihad for Dortmund in the summer of 2017, while Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona are also interested.
Whilst the Independent recently reported that Liverpool were not very keen on the prospect of deviating from their surgical work done in the market in recent years which has culminated in a net spend of just £74.5m since Klopp’s appointment in 2015.
The report also claims that Liverpool would have recruited Sancho from Manchester City in the summer of 2017 if trade between the two clubs would have been possible at the time.
Sancho is good friends with countryman and international teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson. The teenager is also said to still be close with Rhian Brewster, currently, on loan at Swansea, with the pair having helped England win the Under 17 World Cup in 2017.
The 19-year-old is currently one of the hottest prospects in Europe and with 12 goals and 14 assists in just 19 Bundesliga matches this season it is easy to see why. Sancho also made German top-flight history last month after he became the youngest player to reach 25 Bundesliga goals.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s reported interest could also be influenced with the Reds losing two of their attacking talisman for a sustained period of the 2020/21 season. Klopp will hold talks with Mohamed Salah after Egypt declared they want him to compete in this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
Salah would miss Liverpool’s pre-season entirely as well as the opening to the PL season if he were to feature in the Olympic football tournament, which runs from July 23 to August 8.
The Independent also claimed that Liverpool were preparing for a relatively quiet summer unless there were to be any significant problems (an injury to a key player, a core asset pushing to go), which they are geared to solve.
With Salah and Sadio Mane both due to compete in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, next January Liverpool may not be too optimistic if the club were to lose 234 goals worth of goals for a sustained period in their 2020/21 campaign which could prompt Klopp to consider some attacking reinforcements in the upcoming summer window.
Liverpool are yet to have signed a player of Sancho’s value since they received a guaranteed £130m for Coutinho, delaying his departure until January, and reinvesting those funds into the transformative duo Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.