Jadon Sancho joined Manchester United for £73 million last summer, but if it weren’t for his high wage demands, he might’ve joined Liverpool.
The English winger has endured a difficult first season back in England, contributing towards just 7 goals across the Champions League and Premier League for Manchester United.
The saga which eventually led to Sancho’s move to United last summer was a prolonged one, with the 22-year-old linked with a number of clubs.
One of the interested parties were Liverpool. Sadio Mané’s form across the 2020/21 season was worrying, and Klopp was considering bringing in Sancho to bolster his attacking options.
The deal likely would’ve occurred if Sancho wasn’t demanding such a hefty salary.
The former Dortmund man earns approximately £300,000 at Manchester United. According to The National, Liverpool weren’t prepared to match such a figure.
The Merseyside club tend to stick to a pretty tight wage structure. As such, the signing of Sancho would’ve heavily disrupted that.
Issues concerning wage structure are the deciding factor in why Liverpool are yet to extend Mo Salah’s contract at the club.
The Egyptian wants to be one of the Premier League’s highest paid players, and Liverpool are reluctant to hand him such a wage.
It is believed wage was also a factor in Sadio Mané’s impending departure. He was earning around £100,000 a week at Liverpool, and wanted his wage quadrupled.
As such, Liverpool have decided to sell Mané. A £31.5 million fee has been agreed with Bayern and he has today been pictured in a Bayern shirt.
Meanwhile, new £85.5 million recruit Darwin Nuñez will be earning £140,000 a week.
The Liverpool hierarchy have no problem spending big on transfer fees if they believe the right man for the job at hand has been identified. However, they are not so willing to hand out hefty salaries.
This might stop Liverpool from buying the very best players in the game, but it is a policy which has worked pretty well under Jürgen Klopp so far.
Liverpool’s mantra of buying humble stars with reasonable wage demands doesn’t look like it’ll be changing anytime soon.
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