Manchester United and Liverpool have seen their hopes of signing Jadon Sancho given a significant boost after the latest comments made by Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.
The 19-year-old has blossomed in Germany and is now a full England international with 11 caps and destined for a place in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.
But his club Borussia Dortmund are looking to make a healthy profit on the teenager, if he returns to the Premier League this summer.
Sancho quit Manchester City for the Bundesliga in pursuit of regular football three years ago and has emerged as one of the top young talents in European football.
He has already scored 19 goals for club and country this campaign and with Liverpool and Chelsea both in the market – along with Manchester United – also in the market for the talented forward, that figure is expected to attract a British record fee.
According to German publication Bild, Dortmund are now hopeful they can demand around £121m (€140m) for the winger.
The steep fee, however, is unlikely to deter his suitors, especially with Sancho tipped as a future Ballon d’Or winner and destined to enjoy several more years at the top given his tender age.
And now Watzke has further fuelled suggestions he could be shipped on this summer after revealing they are prepared to cash in on the teenager IF the player pushes for a transfer.
“Jadon is a very, very great talent, perhaps the greatest currently in Europe among players under the age of 21,” Watzke told RMC Sport.
“In my opinion, he has the potential to become one of the top two or three players in the world in the years to come.
“We will do our best to keep him as long as possible. We have a very good relationship with him.
“But if one day, he comes to see us and tells us that he wants to leave the club, then we will discuss it.
“But this is not our first option. The first option is to keep it as long as possible.”
Those comments will surely give United the incentive they need to go out and make a bid for a player, now rated as their No 1 summer transfer target.
Barnes advises Liverpool against Sancho swoop
Chelsea and Liverpool have also been touted as suitors for Sancho, but former Reds star John Barnes this week listed two big reasons why the Reds should not consider an approach.
“If Jadon Sancho is willing to come to Liverpool and not play every week and sit on the bench, then absolutely he should come to Liverpool,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets.
“But I always tell young players to be careful and play at a high level for four-five years before moving to a bigger club.
“Salah and Mane have been around for four or five seasons now and have shown their quality and experience, whereas Sancho has been around for 18 months and needs to show that consistency over a three-year period before he costs £100million to a huge club.”
However, Barnes admits that, given the current climate for the world’s top young stars, transfer fees being floated around for the likes of Sancho are only likely to increase.
“That [being consistently good] doesn’t happen in modern football anymore, nowadays, if you are young and have just one good season, someone is going to spend £80million-plus on you.
“I would advise Jadon Sancho to develop more and show that level of consistency before he is going to be put under a lot of pressure by being a £100million player playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world.”