A report from Sky Sports recently claimed that Manchester United will refuse to pay Borussia Dortmund’s asking price for Jadon Sancho and that the club will not pay a fee deemed over £50 million.
This is half the value that Dortmund currently feel Sancho is worth and is something that Liverpool’s transfer board could potentially work in their favour.
The Telegraph recently claimed that United were the favourites to land the talented England international with Jurgen Klopp reportedly put off by the gargantuan figure that Dortmund are able to command for their prized starlet.
United are taking a similar negotiating approach to Liverpool in trying to budge Dortmund’s asking price as much as they possibly can.
The Bundesliga runners-up recently reported in a statement on Monday that the club are projecting a loss of 45 million Euros due to the effect of the global pandemic.
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Liverpool themselves are not immune to the financial strain that has come from the pandemic and Klopp himself has claimed that it will be difficult to see the Reds sanction a move for one of the most lucrative assets in European football.
Can Liverpool capitalise?
United’s stance of Sancho is very similar to our regarding transfers.
Even when dealing with signings such as Alisson Becker who are deemed as transformers for the club Liverpool have tried to meticulously haggle the best possible deal.
Talks were initially opened with Roma in Febuary 2018 but broke down as the club’s demands for the Brazilian shot-stopper quickly escalated.
Roma were demanding a tax fee for Mohamed Salah who also departed the club for Liverpool after with the Serie A outfit feeling they were left short-changed following the Egyptian’s move to Anfield.
Initially, Roma demanded £90 million for Alisson in May before sporting director deemed the fee unacceptable and walked away from the deal similar to how they did with Virgil van Dijk.
However, Klopp wanted the best and refused to look elsewhere and eventually, Roma dropped their price significantly and Liverpool got their man.
With Sancho, Liverpool could be doing something similar if the club feel that the player will be a transformer for the team for the coming years with Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino currently all in their peak years.
While Liverpool can bide their time having made their intentions regarding Sancho publically known, Dortmund could get fed up with United’s negotiating stance and the Reds could capitalise on this.
If United continue to time waste and complicate matters it could open the door for other clubs such as Liverpool to snuff out their own potential deal. Also, following the Reds’ recent coronation as Premier League champions, the prospect of joining Anfield has never looked more promising.
A long way to go yet
Liverpool supporters, however, should not look too deeply into this and should take the Sancho saga with a pinch of salt. Every day seems to offer a fresh update regarding Sancho and Dortmund and the end doesn’t seem any closer than before.
With there uncertainty about when or how the summer window will finally open once the season finished, everything, of course, could have changed.
While Liverpool have a tendency to avoid shopping at the higher end of the market, supporters should trust that if the club feel Sancho is a player they have to get then the funds will most likely be made available to Klopp.