According to reports from The Mirror, Liverpool could miss out on transfer target Jadon Sancho with the England international reportedly favouring a move to Manchester United.
There have been various reports that Liverpool, United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all interested in signing Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window.
The Bundesliga outfit reportedly value the Englishman at £120 million, but reports claim that Old Trafford is Sancho’s desired destination.
It also states that one of the definitive factors of Sancho favouring United to Liverpool is that the youngster would find it ‘difficult’ to break into the Reds’ attacking set-up at Anfield considering the club’s pedigreed front-three Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have all showcased no intent to leave in the summer window.
Sancho turned 20 yesterday and is one of the most coveted players in world football.
The former Manchester City starlet has scored 17 goals and provided 17 assists this season in another scintillating individual campaign for Dortmund.
The German league runners-up were recently knocked out of the Champions League by PSG which allows Sancho more time and provided more incentive to start planning ahead for the future.
Is there still a chance of luring Sancho to Anfield?
Melissa Reddy of The Independent recently stated that Liverpool’s transfer policies are predominately determined by two determining factors; plausibility and cost.
If Liverpool were to pursue a move for Sancho, it would mean that the Reds would be willing to shatter their club-record £75 million transfer fee they splurged out to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in 2018.
However, the Reds have only ever spent eye-watering figures on signings they deem as transformative additions such as Van Dijk and Alisson Becker.
Both players filled in positions where there were glaring weaknesses and were able to provide an immediate impact.
The difference with Sancho is that the talented wonderkid would be filling in a position that Liverpool are already incredibly strong in whereas Manchester United are lacking a top-quality winger which would create an immediate route into the first team.
Losing out on Sancho would be a blow but Liverpool have not fought their way back to the pinnacle of world football by splashing out gargantuan figures on blockbuster signings and the reality is that he isn’t an immediate priority for the Reds.