Jadon Sancho may stay at Borussia Dortmund beyond this summer, according to reports. If he does, it puts Liverpool in a stronger position.
There are plenty of varying reports on Sancho, of course, as his future will be one of the transfer window’s biggest issues. Where will one of the world’s brightest young prospects go?
That figure may be far too high for teams to pay in the current financial climate. And if that is the case, Sancho will remain with Dortmund.
And make no mistake – Sancho staying would strengthen Liverpool’s position in the chase.
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Right now, Liverpool have two reported problems with a deal. The Mirror expressed them recently as firstly, they can’t justify the fee and secondly, the player doubts he can break into the side.
Quite honestly, both are completely understandable. Sancho is only 20, after all, and Liverpool have the best front-three on the planet. Is he better than Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah right now? No, he isn’t. They’re two of the world’s best players.
So a move would be a gamble. Will he ever be that good? Probably, but we don’t know for sure as he’s just not old enough yet. The Liverpool duo are in their prime and it’s not a fair comparison.
Thus Sancho has doubts about playing time and Liverpool have doubts about the cost. It’s different to, say, Manchester United. Sancho is already better than anyone they’ve got so he can be confident about playing, and they can justify the fee.
But should he hold off on moving for a year, Liverpool benefit greatly. That would be another year for Sancho to answer the remaining questions.
If he improves further then Liverpool can be a lot more comfortable about paying the fee. And Sancho can be a lot more confident about breaking into the team.
All that remains is Dortmund holding their nerve, then.