Liverpool will beat Manchester United to the signing of Jadon Sancho this summer, thanks, in the main, to the influence of Jurgen Klopp.
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.
The attacker has scored 15 goals this season with 17 assists from his 29 appearances, on the back of 13 goals and 19 assists last season for BVB.
The winger has regularly been linked with moves to both United, Liverpool and Chelsea and those reports look set to up a notch after Sky in Germany went big on claims that Sancho will leave Dortmund this summer.
Sky in Germany reporter Jesco von Eichmann said: “He will leave Dortmund this summer, that’s for sure.
“It’s not clear to which club he will change.
“Manchester United is one of the big clubs that are interested, that I’ve heard.
“Michael Zorc, the director of Dortmund, said last week in an interview that he hasn’t had an offer for Jadon Sancho yet. Today, I asked him again, and he just smiled!
“There will be some offers for Sancho in the future. He is improving. He was very tired at the end of the first part of the season but now he’s very fit and performing very good. He improved his behaviour.
“He had some trouble coming in on time – he came more or less late every day. He changed that and he is really improving.
“He is working hard in training so (head coach) Lucien Favre is pretty happy with him right now.
“I guess he thought over some things in the winter break and now he is working like the professional that he wasn’t before.”
And while the player is expected to cost in the region of €150m (£126m), Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol reckons the influence of Klopp will seal the deal for the Reds.
He said: “It is difficult to say where Jadon Sancho will be playing next season because so many clubs want him.
“But if I was a betting man my money would be on Liverpool.
“Sancho is one of Jurgen Klopp’s top summer targets and he would find it hard to turn down a move to Anfield if Liverpool end up winning the Champions League as well as the Premier League this season.
“Manchester United are confident they can get Sancho in the summer.
“But they need to qualify for the Champions League first and they don’t have the Klopp factor.
“If he was to move to Liverpool, Sancho would be joining a club who are likely to dominate English football for the foreseeable future.
“Sancho will make up his mind about where he plays next at the end of this season. Borussia Dortmund will let him go for £120m.
“Bayern Munich would love to keep him in the Bundesliga, but he is more likely to be playing for a German manager rather than a German club next season.”