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£200m on Mbappe? Liverpool should instead pay half for Jadon Sancho

Liverpool may have a choice of Kylian Mbappe or Jadon Sancho this summer. For us, there’s a sensible choice.

Liverpool are reportedly in the running for Kylian Mbappe. That’s according to Le Parisien.

They say that Paris Saint-Germain could want around £173m as a transfer fee. Mbappe’s salary would then push the total cost well over £200m.

Quite the investment, then. Though, anyone who watched him tear Barcelona to shreds would consider it.

But no matter what, it’s a transfer that would rock any football club. That’s an enormous amount of money for one player – he better carry you for years.

There is another option, though. The BBC say that Jadon Sancho is available this summer for around £87m. His wages would surely move that figure to around £100m.

Should Liverpool really pick Sancho over Mbappe, though? We think there’s a real case to do just that.

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Sancho v Mbappe

Mbappe is flying and playing wonderfully. But he’s at a thriving club.

Sancho is slightly different as Borussia Dortmund can’t find consistency. They might not even qualify for the Champions League.

And that makes us wonder – what if there’s a lot more to come from Sancho? What if he’d improve considerably at a thriving club?

And just how good could he be under Jurgen Klopp?

When you watch Sancho and what he’s capable of, you can’t help but imagine that the right development turns him into one of the absolute best in the world. A Ballon d’Or candidate at the very least.

We’re talking about a player who scored 17 goals and assisted 16 the year he turned 20. A winger, even – not a central focal point.

Sancho has kicked off 2021 with five goals and five assists, too, including a wonderful chipped pass against Sevilla tonight.

He is a complete winger. He might already be the most complete winger around – and there is a lot more to come.

Sancho’s suitability for Liverpool, then, is near-perfect. He can slot in on either wing to provide goals and assists. That’s exactly what the Reds want on their wings – players who provide it all in attack.

Can you play the pass when needed? Can you finish when needed? And can you do it all at pace?

Sancho already can. He’s further ahead in his development than either Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were when they joined Liverpool.

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And he hasn’t yet turned 21.

Getting this for an £87m fee feels like a potential dream come true for Liverpool. It’s a deal that wouldn’t break the bank and feels low-risk.

The money would still be there for other important moves.

Liverpool have turned moving players up a level into an art form over recent years. Sancho really could be their masterpiece.

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