It seems like Jadon Sancho is the name on everyone’s lips right now. The exciting young English winger at Borussia Dortmund appears all but certain to leave that club in the summer, and the talk has been endless about where he will end up. Inevitably Liverpool have been involved in the conversation.
According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Sancho is frustrated by the Dortmund hierarchy and will be looking to engineer a move shortly. “[Sancho’s representatives] intend to discuss the situation with Dortmund”. Ornstein claims, “and are already aware of strong interest from suitors looking to sign Sancho next summer, when he anticipates exiting Signal Iduna Park.
“As things stand, his options have been narrowed to Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid. While Manchester City have asked to be kept informed, contrary to speculation there have been no conversations with Chelsea, the club Sancho grew up supporting.”
There are a few things to note here. First of all, considering this is coming from a British journalist and outlet, Ornstein has almost certainly sourced this from Sancho’s agent rather than any club. If we are to take this agent at his word, Liverpool seemingly have made contact about Sancho and are interested, along with several other top European clubs. Realistically, his destination will probably come down to who offers the most money.
There are reasonable questions about his fit. Sancho is a tricky winger who loves a dribble, and combines excellent technique and speed with surprisingly good decision making for his age. What he can’t do is play anywhere other than the front three in Liverpool’s system.
It’s a sobering thought, but is this the start of Liverpool’s planning to move on from this current attack? It has to happen eventually, as is the nature of football. All teams are cyclical, and those that prosper in the long term no exactly when to break up a side. It’s not fun, but next summer might be the start of a “new” core for this team.