Liverpool look set to miss out the signing of Jadon Sancho, with Chelsea leading the pack.
Sancho is a man in demand heading into 2020. Despite still being a key man for Borussia Dortmund, it is well known that Sancho is open to a move to the Premier League.
And it now appears that it is Chelsea who look set to win the race ahead of both Liverpool and Manchester United.
The Blues appear to be willing to pay the £120m fee needed to land the 19-year-old (Sun on Sunday). This, essentially, means Jurgen Klopp will give up the chase.
Liverpool have Mo Salah and Sadio Mane in wide areas already. However, Sancho is seen as one of the outstanding young talents in world football.
He is widely expected to be in England’s Euro 2020 squad. If he impresses, his value may well sky-rocket a bit more over the summer.
Chelsea had their transfer embargo lifted recently. With that, Frank Lampard is now keen to add to his young squad and build on their impressive start to the season.
Goals and assists
Whoever gets hold of Sancho will be getting a player who can make things happen. He hit double figures in both goals and assists last season.
With nine goals already this term, he’s on course to do so again.
It’s not the end of the world if Liverpool miss out on Sancho. However, he is going to be a world-class talent, there is little doubting that.
The Reds need to keep adding in order to build on their amazing success of late. While they’ll probably accept losing a player to a higher bid, they won’t want to make a habit of it.
But, the recent signing of Takumi Minamoto will at least cushion the blow.