Fabrizio Romano has dropped an exciting transfer update on Liverpool’s pursuit of Lille star Renato Sanches.
Speaking to Anfield Watch, he said: “Renato Sanches has always been on the list of Liverpool, he’s a player that they’ve been scouting, they appreciate. It’s not true that it was a done deal in the summer. They were interested but they never made an official proposal to Lille because they were not happy with the value of £45m for him.
“Then he was injured so the deal collapsed it but they always had this name in their list so Renato Sanches has always been appreciated by Liverpool and same for Arsenal, so there are many clubs keeping an eye on him also AC Milan in Italy. We will see if they will decide to jump into it, at the moment it’s still quiet but he’s a player that has always been on Liverpool list.”
Bundesliga.com once described Sanches as a “box-to-box midfielder with the strength of a WWE heavyweight and the nimble feet of a ballet dancer” – a great indication of the kind of combination of both athleticism and technique that he possesses.
While Liverpool fans may have seen the Portuguese’s underwhelming time at Swansea, since then, the 24-year-old has been nothing short of outstanding, rebuilding his career in French football.
As per Whoscored, his average match rating of 6.97 is good enough to rank him as second-best in the entire Lille squad this season, showcasing exactly the kind of all-round game that the Merseyside faithful will get excited about.
As well as averaging 1.3 tackles per game, Sanches has really impressed with his developing ability with the ball, managing 1.4 key passes and 2.6 dribbles per match in Ligue 1.
The fact Romano has revealed that Sanches remains on Liverpool’s transfer list is exciting news for Reds fans, especially when you consider the kind of injuries they had had in central midfield in recent weeks and months.