Hamann: Liverpool have secret plan to spend record fee on Dortmund star

Liverpool are closely watching developments with Jadon Sancho and are being tipped to launch a huge bid to sign the England star in summer 2020, according to former Reds midfielder Dietmar Hamann.

A Premier League return has been mooted for the Borussia Dortmund star, with Manchester United reported to be the main suitors in signing Sancho.

Earlier this month the Manchester Evening News named burgeoning talents Sancho, James Maddison, Declan Rice and Ben Chilwell as the quartet earmarked to turn United’s fortunes around.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed United made an approach for the exciting forward in the summer and was asked how close Sancho was to joining United.

And to further claims a move to Old Trafford could be on the cards, Zorc has previously admitted his side will struggle to retain the 19-year-old’s services beyond summer 2020 if a big-money bid came their way.

However, Hamann believes there could be a very different career path being mapped out for Sancho and he reckons Liverpool are lining up a summer move for the £90million-rated forward.

“What I hear is that Liverpool has great interest. I would imagine that next summer they could become one of the biggest interested parties,” he told Sky Germany.

“He’s from Manchester City and I do not know if he would come back again, and it’s a thing for Manchester United, too, if they’ve ever been to the rivals.”

Hamann knows Liverpool would need to shatter their transfer record to sign a player who already has 18 goals and 30 assists from his 66 appearances for the Bundesliga side, but despite expecting his fee to reach in excess of £100m, the former Germany star does not think the fee would put the European champions off a move for Sancho.


“Sancho does not have a release clause. If Dortmund say that they want an astronomical amount, it will not happen,” Hamann said.

“There are currently few players that could reinforce [Liverpool’s] offensive [lineup]. I don’t know if Sancho’s such a player, but maybe if there’s one going away from those three, then Sancho would be predestined for this offensive alliance.”

Liverpool, meanwhile, are also being tipped to make a move for a €40m Brazilian, who has gone assist crazy in Portugal.