Liverpool Reportedly Contact Borussia Dortmund for Star Jadon Sancho

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2020

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund at BayArena on February 8, 2020 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
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Liverpool have reportedly contacted Borussia Dortmund to lodge their interest in signing Jadon Sancho in the summer. 

According to Adrian Kajumba and Dominic King of the Daily Mail, the Reds join Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona in pursuing Sancho, and Dortmund are expected to demand at least £100 million for the England international.

Kajumba and King added Liverpool are hopeful manager Jurgen Klopp's connections with the club he managed between 2008 and 2015 could give them an edge in the race for the 19-year-old.

Liverpool's status as 2018-19 UEFA Champions League winners and Premier League champions-elect will also likely help their chances of snapping up Sancho.

It is no exaggeration to say that he is one of the best attackers in Europe:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Across Europe’s top five leagues this season, only 2 players have registered 10+ goals and 10+ assists: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Jadon Sancho (12⚽️ & 13🅰️) 🇦🇷 Lionel Messi (14⚽️ & 11🅰️) Two of the world’s finest. 🙌🙌🙌 https://t.co/2r5r4jRsE2

As a result, Sancho may feel that a move to United or Chelsea, who are struggling for a Champions League place let alone challenging for the title, would be ill-befitting of his status:

Musa Okwonga @Okwonga

I don't think people realise just how well Sancho is playing. Both these clubs would be a step down on his trajectory. https://t.co/pMoTxetRQE

That would leave Barca, Real and Liverpool in the race, as well as City, the club he left in 2017 because he was not getting enough game time under manager Pep Guardiola.

The club that succeeds in signing Sancho is likely to be the one that will offer him the biggest role. Liverpool may be at a disadvantage in that respect given they already have an indisputable front three consisting of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Meanwhile, finances could become an issue for Liverpool.

The Anfield giants have spent a huge amount of money in recent years building one of the Premier League's greatest sides, but unlike City, they do not have unlimited resources.

Per David Ornstein of The Athletic, it is widely accepted that Sancho's superb spell at Dortmund will come to an end in the summer. However, the German club could try to keep hold of him until after UEFA Euro 2020, when he might be an even hotter property if he stars for England at the tournament:

Dean Jones @DeanJonesBR

Will be interesting to see whether Dortmund agree to sell Jadon Sancho before the Euros. Have heard they might hold out just incase he is one of best players at the tournament and his value increases even further 💰

Sancho's contract at Signal Iduna Park runs until 2022, so Dortmund are under no pressure to sell him, and if a bidding war ensues, it is possible Liverpool could be priced out of the race.