Liverpool have made contact through an intermediary to explore a potential deal to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer.
It’s uncharacteristically late from Jurgen Klopp and sporting director Michael Edwards but what they’re proposing aligns perfectly with their transfer approach in recent years as it involves a favourable payment structure.
The sticking point between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund is an attempt from the English side to pay a portion of the fee up-front, pay the rest off later and for a good portion of the total fee to be comprised of performance-related add-ons.
Liverpool recognise that Dortmund aren’t messing about and are not afraid to walk away from a deal if it doesn’t meet their expectations.
Anfield Central understands that Michael Edwards has used intermediaries to propose a deal for Jadon Sancho which includes zero add-ons.
The Bundesliga side wants €95million (£82m) and Liverpool are willing to pay two-thirds of the fee (£55m) upfront with the remaining third (£27m) in a second instalment in order to beat Manchester United to Sancho.
Liverpool would prefer to pay a total of £90million, £8m more than Dortmund are asking for, if they can pay it across three years but with Jurgen Klopp’s former side looking for a huge lump sum, this isn’t expected to be an acceptable offer.
According to one source close to Anfield Central, the player has expressed a willingness to move to Liverpool and would be prepared to earn less than Manchester United have offered.
Despite the Merseysiders showing late interest, he is still expected to move to Manchester but gazumping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would not only see a world-class player move to Liverpool but it would also be a representation of the shift in power in the north-west of England that has taken place since Klopp joined Liverpool.