John Barnes has urged in-demand Jadon Sancho to ‘develop more’ before making a big-money move to one of Europe’s elite clubs.
The Borussia Dortmund star is attracting interest from across the continent following another starring display for the Bundesliga title challengers, the teenager having scored 14 goals and provided a further 15 assists with Premier League sides keenly monitoring his progress ahead of a potential summer move.
Premier League leaders Liverpool, with whom Barnes won two league titles, are amongst those believed to be considering a move for the 19-year-old alongside divisional rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
However, the former England international has warned Sancho against leaving Dortmund for his former side or any leading club too soon, urging the youngster to continue his development with regular first-team football away from the Premier League spotlight.
“If Jadon Sancho is willing to come to Liverpool and not play every week and sit on the bench, then absolutely he should come to Liverpool,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets.
“But I always tell young players to be careful and play at a high level for four-five years before moving to a bigger club.
“Salah and Mane have been around for four or five seasons now and have shown their quality and experience, whereas Sancho has been around for 18 months and needs to show that consistency over a three-year period before he costs £100 million to a huge club.
“That doesn’t happen in modern football anymore, nowadays, if you are young and have just one good season, someone is going to spend £80 million-plus on you.
“I would advise Jadon Sancho to develop more and show that level of consistency before he is going to be put under a lot of pressure by being a £100 million player playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world.”