Jurgen Klopp would need to take the biggest risk of his career to sign Jadon Sancho, according to reports. The Liverpool boss supposedly admires the winger.
This comes from Bild. They claim that Jurgen Klopp would love to have Jadon Sancho at Liverpool.
There’s a problem, however – the club can’t afford him. And that’s despite Borussia Dortmund lowering their asking price from over £100m last season.
They’re not the first to suggest Sancho’s price is down, either. The BBC reported earlier this year that it could be as ‘low’ as £87m. That’s quite a dramatic fall on previous expectations.
It sounds as though there’s a very good chance Sancho is available this summer, too. That BBC report says as much and Sport1 in Germany say similar.
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Dortmund need to offset financial losses over the last year and selling Sancho is one of the easiest ways to do that. Thus they’ll lower his price and see what offers come in.
And as much as Klopp would love to bring in Sancho, Liverpool can’t afford him for the very same reasons Dortmund are selling. They, too, have taken a large financial hit.
The Daily Mail does claim that FSG will fund summer transfers, however, it appears that won’t go as far as spending close to £100m on Sancho. Instead, Klopp would have to sanction the biggest risk of his career to make it happen.
Klopp must take risk for Sancho
The Bild report lays it out – Liverpool’s interest in Sancho is as a replacement for one of the current stars. If Mohamed Salah, for instance, should leave the club, Sancho would be near the top of the list as a replacement.
So it’ll come down to one of two things. Either Salah forces a move and Liverpool replace him, or the Reds make an effort to move on the Egyptian in favour of Sancho.
We don’t see either as likely. Liverpool’s reliance on Salah is at an all-time high and that would make selling him undoubtedly the biggest risk of Klopp’s career.
It’s a risk we just can’t see him taking. Not as Liverpool try to squeeze some more glory out of this team once it’s all back together next season.
If Sancho didn’t live up to Salah, after all, you’re not just losing out on goals – you’re losing out on a final chance to win major trophies with this squad.
So if selling Salah or Sadio Mane is what it takes to get Sancho, we just can’t see it happening. It’s a real shame but an understandable decision.