Writing in his column for Liverpool.com, reliable journalist Kristian Walsh has revealed a potential Reds dilemma in their stance over transfer link Jadon Sancho’s enormous price tag – hinting that not investing heavily could mean missing out on a player who may well create a ripple effect similar to Virgil Van Dijk.
Sancho, who has scored 14 goals and assisted 15 others in the Bundesliga this season, with German outlet Bild claiming his valuation stands at a whopping €140 million (£122.1 million), has been linked with a move to Anfield in the past – even if it appears bitter rivals Man United currently lead the chase for his signature.
According to a past report from the Daily Express, we have been ‘desperate’ to sign Sancho but Fenway Sports Group are repulsed by his large price tag – with United not being ‘scared off‘ by comparison and could be willing to fork out the funds necessary to land one of the most promising youngsters in football.
Analysing our stance on Sancho’s lofty fee, journalist Walsh has hinted that while he understands sporting director Michael Edwards and FSG’s stance on signing expensive players wastefully, missing out on the ex-Man City prodigy could create a ripple effect similar to Van Dijk.
Should Liverpool break the bank for Sancho?
When we won the race to sign the Dutch stalwart from Southampton, beating the likes of City and Chelsea to the punch, Walsh argues it created a ripple effect that put Liverpool at the top of the Premier League pile.
Now, with FSG seemingly hesitant to swoop for Sancho, one of our rivals could experience that same boost to power according to the journalist.
Indeed, judging by his impressive numbers racked up in the Bundesliga courtesy of WhoScored, Walsh could have a point – but it’s still debatable whether we should take the £122.1 million gamble when we already have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on either flank.