Jadon Sancho’s imminent arrival at Manchester United could have a ripple effect on Liverpool’s transfer plans this summer.
The signing saga that has been going on for more than a year is finally about to end as Borussia Dortmund and United close to closing a deal for the England winger.
One of the reasons the Bundesliga team have set a deadline for the Old Trafford club is that they have plenty of time to bring in a replacement if Sancho leaves.
And Dortmund wasted no time in fielding their successor as they identified PSV Eindhoven star Donyell Malen as their number one target.
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Malen, who is garnering a lot of interest this summer, is the preferred candidate as they only want to invest a small portion of the money from the sale of Sancho.
But BVB could face stiff competition for his signing as Liverpool are one of the many teams reportedly stalking the winger who is currently playing at Euro 2020.
In fact, the Anfield team are said to be “in talks” with Malen over a possible transfer to Merseyside.
But if Sancho’s deal to Man Utd crosses the finish line sooner rather than later, it could have major implications for Liverpool’s pursuit of Malen.
Sancho’s absence means Dortmund can offer the 22-year-old a direct path to the first team, instead of playing behind players like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The highly-rated striker has scored 19 goals and registered eight assists in 32 Eredivisie appearances last season.
He also took that form to the international stage with the Netherlands this summer as he assisted two goals in three Euro appearances.
Malen is valued at around £ 34million, a significant increase from the £ 540,000 fee paid by PSV to Arsenal for the winger in 2017.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp looks set to add attacking reinforcements in this window as Mane and Salah are out for the Africa Cup of Nations midway through next season.