Liverpool have reportedly pulled out of the race for Jadon Sancho as they target a far cheaper alternative.
The Mirror claims that the Reds have stopped paying attention to the Sancho saga. That will mean effectively leaving him to Manchester United or Chelsea but Liverpool don’t see the value in the player.
Borussia Dortmund want £100m, you see, and Jurgen Klopp and co. don’t think it’s worth paying. That’s because the team already has an established front-three, none of whom are leaving.
So instead, Liverpool will target an alternative to Sancho worth under half that £100m. We don’t know exactly who that is yet but it does confirm the Reds’ transfer strategy.
They’ll buy smart, once again, only spending big money on players they need, rather than on players they’d like to have. Unfortunately, that would put an end to any possibility of Sancho at Liverpool.
What RTK has to say
This isn’t necessarily ‘good’ news but it can’t be too surprising. Liverpool don’t do fantasy business and are very careful with their money.
That doesn’t mean they won’t spend big but it does mean they won’t spend unless they have to. We saw that philosophy peak last summer when Liverpool didn’t sign anyone.
And in truth, Liverpool don’t need to spend huge amount right now. Especially on their attack, which remains arguably the world’s best. That £50m bracket makes far more sense and still allows them to sign an up-and-coming player of great talent.
Yes, Sancho is the pinnacle of that type but his price is hugely inflated as a result. Liverpool just need someone who can develop without playing every week and who can cover the front line.
They should find that player for well under £100m. Perhaps Ferran Torres?