Wolverhampton Wanderers have comfortably established themselves as a midtable Premier League side, currently sitting 8th ahead of Tottenham and Everton.
In the summer, the club were hopeful to secure another one of Jorge Mendes clients, Renato Sanches, but unfortunately, the deal collapsed and Wolves went into the season without the midfielder joining.
The 24-year-old was on the radar of many top clubs in the summer, including Liverpool, but he remained with Lille and has continued to impress after returning from injury at the end of September.
So much so, that Wolves are reportedly going to get back in the race for Renato in the January transfer window.
It has been reported that Head Coach, Bruno Lage, views Sanches as the ‘missing ingredient’ to his midfield at Wolves, but the midfielder’s knee injury initially gave the West Midlands club cold feet.
According to the Telegraph (via The Sun), Wolves are now in pole position to secure the Portuguese international in January, whilst Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield believes Wolves’ fellow countryman will try to convince him to join during the current international break.
“I’m sure he will be. I’m sure they will. It happens all the time, doesn’t it. You only need to look at other clubs,” he told GIVEMESPORT. “Buendia, when he went to Villa a big part of that was Emi Martinez speaking to him on international duty. So it’s going to happen.”
Despite a dodgy injury record, Renato Sanches has shown that he is a promising player who has been an asset to some of the very best European sides, Lage will be looking to snatch up the £27m-rated beast, before a title-winning team turns his head.
The Lille president has spoken out about Sanches’ current situation at the club, and has suggested that they would be willing to let him go, should the right club come in.
Olivier Letang said: “I have already spoken about it and I have already discussed with him, if an offer from a big club arrives, Renato will be able to leave.”
The 2016 Golden Boy winner has been lauded as a “complete athlete” by the aforementioned Les Dogues chief, whilst Bundesliga.com once likened him to Clarence Seedorf, so there’s no denying he’s one supremely talented player.
Wolves currently have a fantastic midfield partnership in Neves and Moutinho, both have become stand out and key players for the side.
However with Moutinho recently turning 35, it is no wonder that Lage is envisioning how he may replace one of his most reliable players with 120 appearances in just over three seasons, it will be important to find somebody to continue the successful style of play Wolves have developed in their midfield.
Sanches, who has been dubbed a “machine” by Lille’s official Twitter account before, seems like he could be the perfect replacement for Moutinho, offering a new dynamic in midfield, whilst fitting the club’s profile and being part of an existing relationship Wolves already possess with Mendes.
The Bundesliga winner is no stranger to European football, featuring in the Champions League with 25 appearances for Lille, Benfica & Bayern Munich, not to mention winning the Euros with Portugal in 2016.
He is sure to add the right experience and winning mentality that could elevate Wolves in their efforts to climb up the table and secure a European spot.
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