In the absence of football, the transfer rumour mill has gone into overdrive with reports and speculation providing supporters with enough content to keep sanity levels intact.
There has been no secret regarding some of Liverpool’s top-summer options with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Kylian Mbappe just a few of the outstanding candidates that have been touted with moves to Anfield.
The Mirror recently reported that Sancho was amongst the list of names where a fee of £100 million was used to describe the asking price required to convince Borussia Dortmund to sell.
Now that football has stopped, reports and links have seemed to slow down which provides new questions to be asked about Liverpool potentially rekindling a potential deal.
Are Liverpool willing to break their record transfer fee?
Considering the financial crunch that has plagued so many clubs during this chaotic period, it seems highly unlikely that Liverpool would realistically extend to paying a nine-figure sum on a player after this?
The Reds are still yet to break their transfer record paid for Virgil van Dijk in 2016. Liverpool have since made big-money moves but only Alisson Becker’s deal from Roma threatened to challenge the fee paid for the big Dutchman.
Both players were dubbed as transformative signings that would drastically change the club’s fortunes. Indeed, they were absolutely right and it showcased why Liverpool are only willing to pay eye-watering fees for signings that can provide an immediate effect on the team.
With Sancho, there is ambiguity to whether the Englishman would be a regular starter under Jurgen Klopp considering that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have shown no signs of slowing down.
If Liverpool are to push for a move the best bet is that the Reds drive the asking price down and reassure Sancho that there is an immediate position in the team that the teenager can fill.
Will Liverpool have to sell players to sanction a move?
If Liverpool are to make a an approach for Sancho, it is likely that the Reds will have to sacrifice a few players to compensate for the gargantuan transfer fee required to land the 19-year-old from Dortmund.
Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic are both expected to return from respected loan moves from Bournemouth and Hertha Berlin respectively and both could be sold to boost the clubs funds for the summer.
Aside from these, The Mirror reported that Liverpool could be preparing to offload Adam Lallana, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri, Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi and Nathaniel Clyne in an attempt to bring in cash for other transfers.
Does no Euros affect the price?
One positive from the postponement of football for Liverpool wanting to get any potential deal done is the guarantee of no European Championships this summer.
Sancho’s involvement with England could have massively inflated his price had the former Manchester City youngster enjoyed a few impressive matches under Gareth Southgate.
We’ve seen how international summer tournaments can dictate how much a club is able to demand for a fee – just look at how James Rodriguez’s price-tag sky-rocketed following an incredible World Cup campaign in 2014.
The absence of the Euros could see Liverpool avoid a scenario where a few good matches for the Three Lions could create a hype surrounding Sanch that could see figures rise to ridiculous numbers of £150 million potentially arise.
Also, both Dortmund’s and Liverpool’s Champions League campaign is finished so there is more incentive for the two parties to potentially begin communication.