Liverpool have been handed a potentially significant boost in their pursuit of Lille midfielder Renato Sanches this summer.
Several Ligue 1 clubs are struggling financially due to the ongoing pandemic and the collapse of the French football television deal, with Les Dogues already offloading Boubakary Soumare and Mike Maignan to Leicester City and AC Milan respectively.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Sanches in recent weeks as manager Jurgen Klopp searches for Gini Wijnaldum’s replacement, and the Reds may be encouraged to make a move after this latest revelation.
Sanches was once described as a “box-to-box midfielder with the strength of a WWE heavyweight and the nimble feet of a ballet dancer” by Bundesliga.com, highlighting the perfect blend of natural athleticism and technical ability that the 23-year-old possesses.
Over the last year, Sanches made 6.65 progressive passes, 7.75 progressive carries and 2.54 completed dribbles per game, as per fbref.com, showcasing his influence and impressive performances with the reigning French champions.
The youngster may feel he has unfinished business in the Premier League following his hugely underwhelming loan spell with Swansea City in 2017/18, but he is a different player now and has begun to fulfill his early promise, establishing himself as one of Europe’s most promising young central midfielders.
With Wijnaldum joining PSG on a free transfer, the Anfield outfit will need an adequate successor to the Dutchman before the new campaign kicks off, and the Portugal international would be just that.
His physical and technical attributes should make him an ideal Premier League player, one who seems perfect for Klopp’s unique gegenpressing system.
A transfer appears to be on the cards for Sanches this summer, but it remains to be seen whether Liverpool follow up their reported interest with a concrete offer.