Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for Lille midfielder Renato Sanches this summer.
Following Gini Wijnaldum’s decision to depart Anfield and join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, the Reds have been credited with an interest in several stars, including Sanches.
And now, well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has reiterated those claims on the latest installment of his ‘Here We Go’ podcast.
“I would keep an eye again on Renato Sanches for midfield,” said Romano (as relayed by the Liverpool ECHO).
“Also, Barcelona are looking at his situation. So it’s Barcelona and Liverpool interested in Renato Sanches, but the price tag is around €40m (£34m). So we will see in the coming days.”
News that Liverpool are still firmly in the race for Sanches’ signature will surely leave a large section of the club’s supporters buzzing.
So far, former RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate has been the Anfield outfit’s only summer signing, leaving manager Jurgen Klopp short on strength in depth in certain areas of his squad.
Wijnaldum’s exit has left a sizeable void for the German tactician to fill in the centre of the park, and his previous importance to the 19-time English champions cannot be downplayed.
The Dutch international featured in all 38 Premier League games last term, starting on 34 occasions. And although he never grabbed the headlines through goals or assists, he was the heartbeat of the team and kept Liverpool ticking over.
As a result, they’re big shoes to fill, but Sanches has shown he has the ability and potential to do just that over the last couple of campaigns.
He’s rebuilt his career with Lille in northern France following a tricky spell with Bayern Munich and a tough 12-month loan stint at Swansea City, playing a pivotal part as Les Dogues claimed their first Ligue 1 title in 10 years.
As per WhoScored, the Portugal international completed 1.7 dribbles per league game last term and 0.8 key passes while recorded a passing accuracy of 85.8%, highlighting his effective use of the ball.
Therefore, Liverpool’s fanbase will surely be urging director of football Michael Edwards to get this deal over the line, providing Klopp with the players he needs to return the club back to the top-flight summit.