Arsenal v Manchester United - Premier League
Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Report: FSG were happy to pay £73m to sign 'unbelievable' player for Liverpool, wages ruined transfer

Liverpool were happy to pay a near-record transfer fee for Jadon Sancho last summer.

That’s according to journalist David Lynch. Writing for The National, Lynch claims that Sancho had two ‘major admirers’ at Liverpool in Jurgen Klopp and assistant Pep Lijnders.

He also suggests that FSG were ‘more than happy’ to pay Borussia Dortmund’s £73m asking price for the then 21-year-old.

However, once the forward’s expected salary became clear, Liverpool’s interest was reportedly ‘scuppered.’ Manchester United swooped in and Liverpool couldn’t, or wouldn’t, compete.

Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images

Lynch claims that had Sancho been willing to accept half his £270k-a-week deal, he would have been a Liverpool player.

Sancho fails to ignite

You have to wonder whether Sancho is happy with his decision to move to United over Liverpool.

STRANGEST Contracts In Football | Anti-Arsenal And Nightclub Clause?!

After his long-awaited return to English football, he had a disappointing first season in the Premier League. His goal contributions dropped from a three-season average of 26 at Dortmund, to just six last season.

Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

United looked a shell of a club throughout the year and eventually finished outside the Champions League places.

Liverpool, by contrast, were electric. Sancho could have learned the ropes from Sadio Mane for a year before taking over his favoured left-sided spot ready for the 2022/23 season. What could have been.

Liverpool land their man after all

Although Sancho may be rueing his choice a year ago, Liverpool have swiftly moved on,

There is a man taking over Mane’s favoured left-sided slot after all – the effervescent Luis Diaz. Had Liverpool signed Sancho, there’s no way that they’d have gone in for the Colombian as well.

Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

As a result, Liverpool will be delighted with the way things panned out.

Perhaps Sancho would have had a similar impact to Diaz at Anfield. BBC pundit Jonathan Woodgate certainly thinks so. The former England defender told Match of the Day 2 in February that the United winger would have been ‘unbelievable’ at Liverpool.

Woodgate’s probably right. Sancho has all the tools to succeed as part of a Klopp attack. But so does Diaz, and at a cheaper fee, and cheaper wages, Liverpool came out of this one in even better shape.

Keep up to date with all the latest Liverpool news and opinion by following Rousing The Kop’s official Facebook page

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know
or Comment Below
LOGIN to Comment
LOGIN to Comment