Wolverhampton Wanderers have been handed a boost in their bid to bring Renato Sanches to Molineux in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report by French media outlet Foot Sur 7, who relayed the comments of LOSC Lille president Olivier Letang regarding the future of the 24-year-old, who was heavily linked with a move to Wolves this summer.
Speaking about the possibility of selling the Portugal international, Letang said: “I have already discussed with him, if an offer from a big club arrives, Renato will be able to leave. We will see what could happen but, for now, he is with us – and he’s happy.”
A previous report by The Athletic had claimed that Wolves could revisit a move for the former Bayern Munich man in January, on the premise that the central midfielder remains free from injury.
While Sanches’ aforementioned injury has limited the amount of game time the 24-year-old has seen so far this season, his form throughout Lille’s title-winning campaign last time out is certainly enough evidence to suggest that his signing would be a major coup for Wolves.
Indeed, over his 23 Ligue 1 appearances last term, the £27m-rated man scored one goal, registered three assists and created five big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 0.9 shots and making 0.8 key passes per game.
However, it is not only the impressive performances of Sanches that would indicate the £51k-per-week midfielder would make an excellent addition to Bruno Lage’s squad, but also the 45-year-old manager’s current options in the middle of the park. The quartet of Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker, the injured Bruno Jordao and the 35-year-old Joao Moutinho means they require much greater depth and something of a refresh.
As such, with the 24-year-old appearing to be available in January, and Lage seeming in rather desperate need of further additions in the position if he is to have any hope of securing a top 10 finish with Wolves, it would seem highly advisable for the Jeff Shi to reignite his interest in Sanches and close a considerable coup this winter.