Liverpool: Klopp admits to 'must-win game' at Man Utd
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Liverpool and Manchester United will face off on Sunday. And they could be set for another transfer battle come the end of the campaign, with Jadon Sancho being linked with both clubs. The German previously thought the England international was destined to move to Old Trafford but, months on, he remains very much a Borussia Dortmund player.
Liverpool have endured a problematic campaign.
It was always going to be tricky the moment Virgil van Dijk picked up his serious injury against Everton, with the Reds struggling to mount a defence of their Premier League title.
And with their rivals flying high, the Reds could bolster their squad when the transfer window reopens this summer as a result.
Sancho’s name has been linked, with Borussia Dortmund potentially facing a mass exodus of big names should they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
He’s long been a target for Manchester United, who have tried to sign him in each of the last two summer transfer windows under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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So, with that the case, it’s worth throwing things back to last summer.
United were hellbent on landing Sancho, with Solskjaer making it clear to Ed Woodward the forward’s signing was a priority.
But with the coronavirus crisis eating into their pockets, the Red Devils ultimately decided to pull out of a deal.
The Athletic later revealed that Klopp had given United a free run on Sancho, telling friends he expected the forward to seal a move to Old Trafford.
But that didn’t happen because Joel Glazer, ultimately, refused to strike an arrangement.
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Glazer made it clear that £108million was too much to pay for the Dortmund star due to the pandemic, forcing United into signing Edinson Cavani instead.
Yet, now, they may find themselves struggling to get Sancho in the door again.
Liverpool have seen Sadio Mane fail to achieve consistency this season, with the Senegal international regressing on the left wing of their attack.
And while Mohamed Salah has been typically brilliant, talk of a potential departure to Real Madrid or Barcelona is refusing to go away.
Sancho’s name is likely to be in the headlines again this summer, especially if he sparkles for England at the upcoming European Championships.
And whether he ends up at United or Liverpool – or someone else entirely – is something only time will tell.
Speaking recently, former Reds striker Fabio Borini urged Klopp to ‘steal’ the signing of Sancho from United – insisting he’d be a huge Anfield hit.
Speaking to Caught Offside, the Italian said: “Looking at Liverpool’s competitors I think more depth in the attacking positions would do the team good.
“Jadon Sancho would be a great signing and it would be fun to steal him from Man United.”
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has claimed they will listen to ‘exceptional’ offers for Sancho, while also addressing Erling Haaland’s future.
“We do not have a parallel plan,” he told Goal. “We will discuss this in peace with Erling, his father and his advisor Mino Raiola.
“We also want him to be happy to stay with us, to score goals for BVB next year with conviction. There is no alternative plan.”
He then added: “Jadon Sancho has been with us much longer than Erling Haaland.
“We’ll have to speak to Jadon, too. If there is an exceptional offer, we will discuss it with the player and the agent, as always.
“Nonetheless, I am very sure that the transfer market will only run to a very limited extent this summer.
“Especially with the really big clubs, you can see what kind of wounds coronavirus has inflicted. They are not small ones that heal within two weeks.”
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