Liverpool now look to set miss out on one of their transfer targets.
That’s according to claims in Italy, via CaughtOffside, who claim that Renato Sanches will swerve a move to Liverpool with the 24-year-old set to make the move to AC Milan instead for around €20m with add-ons worth up to €5m.
It had been reported in Spain that the Reds were in advanced talks to sign Sanches in January with Jurgen Klopp identifying the Portuguese star as an ideal replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, but a move never materialised.
Although Klopp and his players will be directing their full attention to the Premier League title race, there is no doubt that potential signings are being worked on and identified behind the scenes ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Merseyside outfit are neck-and-neck with Manchester City in the race for the title, with the Reds just one point behind Pep Guardiola’s men with four matches to go.
Naturally, winning the title will boost Liverpool’s chances of luring targets to Anfield over the summer, although, the colossal scale of the English juggernaut will make them an appealing prospect to any potential suitors.
If you were to find any weakness in Klopp’s squad (and it’s very hard), it can be argued that the midfield could do with higher quality depth.
Currently, the likes of Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho have been excellent whilst James Milner, despite being his hard-working self, is out of contract in the summer.
After the aforementioned quartet, Liverpool have Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita in their roster, with only Keita managing to surpass 30 appearances for the season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is another whose current deal at Anfield is approaching the latter stages, with the Englishman’s contract set to expire next summer and therefore the Reds could be tempted to cash in on the 28-year-old in the upcoming window.
Therefore, there is no doubt that the 24-year-old would’ve added quality to Liverpool’s midfield depth, something that will be essential if the Reds are to repeat this season’s colossal effort of winning the League Cup whilst reaching the FA Cup final, looking set to reach the Champions League final as well as being a hair-width away from first place in the Premier League.
Missing out on Sanches is certainly a setback and will leave Klopp fuming.