Sancho enjoying friendly 'competition' with Henderson on international duty... Agent Jordan reporting for duty? 📻
It's not the first time Hendo helped convince a target to join Liverpool
Jadon Sancho revealed details of his friendship with Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, whilst the pair are on international duty ahead of the upcoming European Championships.
Jurgen Klopp is thought to be an admirer of the 21-year-old, however, the Reds are yet to make any reported interest apparent to the player or his club, Borussia Dortmund.
“It's always a pleasure getting called up for the England squad and linking up with some of my other teammates,” the former Manchester City youth prospect said on The Diary Room.
“Honestly, [Henderson] he is one of the older lads, so I'm one of the younger ones but we get on really well.
“Me and him always have competition on and off the pitch.
“It's constantly like who is better, who's faster. It's a full-time competition on and off the pitch.”
If the Bundesliga star fancies being around the 30-year-old more often, we certainly know of a way that this could be arranged…
Having discovered said Englishman’s involvement in Virgil van Dijk’s transfer to Liverpool in the winter window of the 2017/18 campaign, is it possible that our beloved skipper is precipitating yet another big money move on the Reds’ part?
According to Fabrizio Romano, the situation remains unchanged, at least as far as Liverpool’s interest goes, with Manchester United advancing in personal talks.
“Manchester United are directly talking with Sancho’s camp. They are directly talking with his agents and with people involved in the deal,” the Sky Sports reporter explained on the Here We Go podcast.
“Manchester United are enquiring, are working on it in order to reach an agreement on personal terms.
“Manchester United are confident about personal terms - they feel that personal terms won’t be a problem.
“But what’s happening with Borussia Dortmund? At the moment Manchester United are not yet negotiating with Borussia Dortmund, have not yet made an official bid.
“They are working on Sancho’s side but not yet on Borussia Dortmund’s side.
“There is a verbal agreement, a gentleman’s agreement, between Sancho and Borussia Dortmund saying ‘this year you can leave the club if we have an important bid’.
“When they say important bid, it’s no longer €120m but it’s €95m.”
It’s purely personal - so any club could theoretically also jump into the fray and convince the England international to join up and help bolster their forward line?
“It’s up to Manchester United but from Borussia Dortmund’s side they say ‘we haven’t received anything official from Manchester United, from us the race is open, so if another club arrives with the money we are open to talk about Sancho also with other clubs’,” the Italian added.
Game on! Sort of…
It’s far from being a nod to Liverpool, though it certainly opens the door for us to at least peek through and gauge the situation.
The reality of our own financial circumstances, however, particularly in light of the continuing monetary fallout resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, prohibits us from making a move in excess of £80m for a talent like Sancho.
While we’ve no doubt the phrase ‘player sales’ will invite nervous tics by the time we’re through with this summer’s transfer window, such is its frequent use and negative connotations, it remains still relevant for consideration.
Given how those close to the club have consistently stressed the importance of offloading the likes of Divock Origi and co., it would appear that sustainability will once again play a starring role.
That being said, as we’ve mentioned before, we’ll always take such claims with a sprinkling of salt, as prior windows have served to demonstrate the club’s knack for pulling the odd rabbit out of the hat, utterly confounding the naysayers.
Having our very own agent in the England camp - all-round beloved captain and title-winner, Jordan Henderson - could then theoretically make a difference in the race for the forward’s signature.
United have their own men hanging around, of course, though, if proactivity counts for anything, we know we can rely on our skipper to be in his international teammate’s ear whispering sweet nothings about Klopp’s side.
It’s quite probably a transfer we can safely (and sadly) rule out, however, with Liverpool unlikely to commit to Dortmund’s none too cheap asking price… unless Michael Edwards plays an absolute blinder auctioning off our deadwood.
We’d hate to see the Bundesliga forward land close, but not close enough.
Nonetheless, we can at least reconcile this with the expectation that our recruitment team have already identified a potential world-beater out there who can effectively compete with our prestigious front-three.
The transfer window has, after all, only just opened for business.
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