Liverpool’s hopes of one-day landing one of the continent’s most coveted stars incredibly may not be dead in the water just yet following recent reports.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Michael Zorc came out swinging in a press conference on Monday, and declared that forward Jadon Sancho will be staying put amid serious interest from Manchester United.
🎙️ Michael Zorc presser:
"We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season, the decision is final. I think that answers all our questions." pic.twitter.com/Dy6PwEK3io
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) August 10, 2020
The Bundesliga giants’ self-imposed deadline for United to meet their asking price passed this week and all of a sudden the dynamic appears to have changed entirely.
Throughout the past few months, Liverpool themselves have also been heavily and extensively linked with a move for Sancho.
Jurgen Klopp’s firm stance that the club cannot justify spending heavily this summer due to the uncertainty in the economic and financial climate all but ended such interest yet all of a sudden time could be back on Liverpool’s side.
Here is a look at five reasons to be hopeful that Sancho 2021 could be more than just a dream…
Funds could become available
Liverpool have showcased in the past that if money is made available then the Reds are by no means afraid of flexing their financial muscle and spending big.
If funds are suddenly made available from potential outgoings such as Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic, Loris Karius and Xherdan Shaqiri then suddenly the cash begins to mount up.
Also in a year’s time, Liverpool’s unrivalled recent success suggests the club could be well primed to win both the Premier League and Champions League which could lead to record numbers in terms of prize money.
Liverpool falling at the last-16 stage of the competition cost the club in the region of £40 million even without factoring the financial implications of Covid-19.
Going deep into the latter stages of the competition next season could potentially generate funds which will allow the club to potentially add another transformative blockbuster name similarly to Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker in the following summer window.
Sancho’s desire to leave could change everything
Presently, Sancho has not publically indicated direct intentions to leave Dortmund and as of right now this bodes well for Liverpool.
The 20-year-old is unlikely to leave below is £108 million asking price unless the player himself goes on strike.
Whether that happens this summer or next will likely hand the initiative to the club who are most willing to pay for the forward’s services.
If Sancho were to hand in a transfer request now, it wouldn’t change Liverpool’s transfer approach this summer but if the player were to wait another year the landscape could change drastically.
Internal priorities come first
Instead, rather than look to fuel reported interest in a host of Europe’s most coveted names, Liverpool have put internal squad priorities above everything else.
Liverpool continue to utilise their funds effectively and rather than spend needlessly have instead secured their most lucrative assets to long-term contracts.
Joe Gomez, Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner and Andy Robertson have all signed new deals over the course of the past two seasons.
Continuing to retain and reward an outstanding rearguard is not cheap and perfectly explains why protecting what you already have takes precedence over bringing in the next superstar.
Alisson and Van Dijk’s futures
Liverpool recently pulled the plug on a deal for Timo Werner which initially seemed surprising when considering both the player’s impressive statistics and age correlated to a modest transfer fee.
However, the Reds still chose to pull the plug and one reason for that is due to the imminent futures of Van Dijk and Alisson.
Both players were recently touted with approaching an agreement for fresh terms on their respected Liverpool deals yet still both superstars are no closer to signing new contracts.
This could explain why Liverpool were unwilling to break the bank for Werner. If the club had paid similarly to that of Chelsea – who reportedly pay the German international £300,000-a-week – then it would have made negotiations tough regarding Van Dijk and Alisson as Liverpool are renowned for keeping tabs on a sustainable wage structure.
According to Spotrac, Liverpool have only three players who make over £150,000 a week before bonuses which argues that adding high-profile names such as Werner and Sancho doesn’t serve significant value to the club until key assets such as Van Dijk and Alisson are tied down to new deals.
Liverpool will eventually have to think about the future
It’s very rare to have each and every member of an attacking trident all at identical stages of their development.
However, there will come a time in the near future where the club will have to think which player is going to be moved on first before grooming the next replacement because as we all know too well in football, nothing lasts forever.
There will soon come a time where questions are asked as to whether the shop-window is closing on the likes of Salah, Mane and Firmino and also if their value could be declining year-by-year.
Jurgen Klopp recently extended his Anfield stay to 2024 which would dictate that the German manager will have eyes to the long-term fate of the squad as well as the imminent future.
With that said, if there was one player who could be trusted to take the mantle on as Liverpool’s next attacking revelation there are not many better candidates suited to the role than Sancho.
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