Jurgen Klopp doesn’t think Liverpool will sign Jadon Sancho this summer

Jadon Sancho (Photo by Max Maiwald/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
Jadon Sancho (Photo by Max Maiwald/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) /

Jurgen Klopp would love the opportunity to manage Jadon Sancho.

Liverpool won’t rest on their laurels after ending their long Premier League title drought this season. Jurgen Klopp will look to bring even more talent to Anfield this summer. Unfortunately for the former Dortmund boss, it looks like he’ll struggle to raid his old club for one of Europe’s most attacking young talents.

Klopp recently told the German media that he would be “the most surprised of all” if Liverpool were able to reach an agreement with Dortmund to bring Sancho to England in the upcoming transfer window. It’s clear he believes the young Englishman would add to his bright cadre of attackers, but that won’t be enough to bring Sancho back to his native country.

Understandably, Dortmund want to do everything they can to hold on to Sancho for at least one more season. They’re already set to lose Achraf Hakimi to Inter Milan. They also face an uphill battle to keep Erling Haaland in black and yellow for another campaign. Losing Sancho would be a bitter pill to swallow for supporters of the Bundesliga runner-ups.

That’s why Dortmund will try to scare away clubs interested in Sancho with an astronomical asking price. Any club interested in Sancho will need to be prepared to pay over £100 million to get a deal done. It’s possible that Dortmund will hold out for a fee closer to £130 million before they actually agree to let Sancho go.

Liverpool have vast financial resources, but there’s not a club in Europe that won’t hesitate to spend that kind of money this summer. The current global pandemic is expected to push transfer fees down significantly in the coming months. It’s unclear how much Liverpool will be impacted by reduced revenues, but it’s safe to assume they won’t be looking to break the European transfer record this summer.

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That’s why the odds still slightly favor Sancho staying in Dortmund for one more season. There’s always a chance a big European club could agree to the German club’s asking price, but it’s a long shot given the economic realities in Europe at the moment. Liverpool fans hoping to see Sancho don a red jersey might have to wait another 12 months.