Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has warned Jadon Sancho that he would be under immense pressure if he moved to Manchester United.
United attempted to sign Sancho last summer but after failing to get a deal over the line – and the Borussia Dortmund winger’s price rising in the process -the Red Devils’ stance has not changed.
Indeed, reports have indicated that despite the financial uncertainties surrounding the sport, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remain in a position whereby they can afford Sancho’s £80million-plus price tag.
Liverpool have also been credited with interest but it is thought that RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is among Jurgen Klopp‘s main targets, with the Reds able to rely on the firepower of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on the wings.
However, speaking to Betdaq, Johnson initially explained how Sancho would find it hard to resist the pulling power offered by Klopp’s Premier League-champions elect.
“Sancho has been linked with almost all of Europe’s top clubs, but from my perspective he’ll surely find it very hard to turn down Liverpool if they come knocking,” the pundit said.
“I know exactly what it means to put on the shirt and for any young English footballer playing at Anfield it is what you dream of.
“They’ve got one of the best managers in the world in Jurgen Klopp, they’re European champions and are going to win the Premier League, so it would be very tough to not be seriously tempted if they were after Sancho’s signature.
“If he wants to play in England, no club is able to offer him the success that Liverpool are currently enjoying and that will surely be a big sway towards him going there.”
Johnson also insisted that Sancho would find it tough to settle in if thrown in at the deep end at Old Trafford.
“If he were to go to a club like Manchester United, there would be so much pressure on him to perform as soon as he walked through the door and for someone so young that’s a lot of responsibility to take on,” the former full-back said.
“He’ll be expected to improve the team overnight and that simply doesn’t happen, whereas at Liverpool he’d be under so much less pressure to perform.
“They wouldn’t need to put him into the team every week and instead they’d make him earn his stripes. I think that would actually develop him more than just sticking him in from the get-go.”
Chelsea have also been credited with interest in Sancho and a report has claimed that boss Frank Lampard is keen to offload Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata to fund a move.
Both players are out on loan and Morata, who moved to Atletico Madrid in January 2019, is set to move to the Spanish capital on a permanent basis this summer.