Liverpool are reportedly closing in on the signing of Lille midfielder Renato Sanches after his impressive 2020/21 campaign.
What’s the story?
Portuguese-based journalist Pedro Almeida, (as reported by The Express), have provided an update on the Reds’ pursuit of the 23-year-old.
“Renato Sanches to Liverpool is almost done. The Portuguese midfielder will sign for the English club for around €35million (£30m),” said Almeida.
Fans will be thrilled
The departure of Gini Wijnaldum to French giants Paris Saint-Germain has led to several big names being linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks.
The Portugal international burst onto the scene back in 2016, helping his nation lift their maiden European Championship title, being named as the Young Player of the Tournament in the process.
A move from boyhood club Benfica to Bayern Munich followed, but his time in the Bundesliga failed to live up to expectations.
After struggling for game time and form at the Allianz Arena, Sanches endured a torrid season-long loan spell in the Premier League with Swansea City during the 2017/18 campaign.
However, despite his difficulties on English shores, the youngster rebuilt his career at Lille, helping Les Dogues secure the Ligue 1 title last season.
Over the last year, Sanches made 6.65 progressive passes per 90, 7.75 progressive carries and 2.54 completed dribbles, as per fbref.com, highlighting his influence and impressive performances with the reigning French champions, whilst he also played very well for Portugal at Euro 2020.
Therefore, his potential arrival at Liverpool will surely have the club’s supporters buzzing.
Wijnaldum featured in every single league game for the Reds last season, and his departure will leave a big void in the centre of the pitch for Jurgen Klopp’s charges.
The enigmatic German manager will be keen to strengthen his first-team squad after finishing 17 points behind Manchester City last term, and Sanches would do exactly that.
He has unfinished business in the Premier League and may feel it’s the perfect time to return and prove his doubters wrong.
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