Liverpool’s reported interest in Jadon Sancho is a transfer saga that has encapsulated a lot of attention and has certainly got the Red half of Merseyside talking.
The Daily Mail claim he could cost an eye-watering £120 million if the 20-year-old is to make a much-anticipated return to the English top-flight.
If Liverpool were to make a move for the England international, it would take a club-record transfer fee which would suggest that the Borussia Dortmund must be the real deal.
Melissa Reddy of The Independent reported last month that the Reds were indeed interested in Sancho although any public approach is yet to be made.
Figures have showcased that Sancho is on track to establish himself as one of the best players of his generation. To put into context just how good the former Manchester City starlet could be you only need to look at his goal output at a similar age compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who have a staggering combined 11 Ballon d’Or’s between eachother.
Dortmund’s most-valuable asset turned 20 this week. So far in his already promising career, the youngster has clocked up 90 professional appearances and has scored 31 goals while providing 42 assists.
At the same age, Ronaldo had 16 goals and 16 assists in 107 appearances – less than half of Sancho’s current goal output.
Messi, meanwhile, had managed 26 goals and just eight assists at the same stage of his development as Sancho.
Is he what Liverpool need?
This is not to suggest that we believe Sancho is going to emulate or surpass the achievements of Ronaldo and Messi as frankly, those two serial winning superstars are from a different planet.
However, it does make for encouraging reading for any managers who are looking to dip into the transfer market in the upcoming summer window.
£120 million isn’t a surprising figure when you consider the statistics that Sancho is boasting at such a young age but is it a move Liverpool should seriously pursue?
The main difficulty is that Liverpool already possess the best-attacking trio in Europe currently and it difficult to imagine Sancho immediately usurping any of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino if he were to make the Anfield switch.
This would argue it would be rather unlikely that sporting director Michael Edwards will want to break the bank and pay a nine-figure sum to land a player who would most likely initially be routed to the bench.
While his creativity in terms of assists and ruthlessness in front of goal are good on the eye, the reality is that Sancho has starred in a position that Liverpool already have unquantifiable strength in.
Although it would be tempting to land the former City academy graduate make the move to Anfield and become a club icon, it is a transfer saga that is difficult to imagine to materialising into anything.
Of course, there is no guarantee what can happen in football and with the sport temporarily postponed, all bets, for now, are off.
One thing is for sure, however, Sancho is a player who certainly has the talent to reach the top. What platform the youngster chooses to take his talents to the next level still remains to be seen.