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Imagine him and Neves: Wolves must swoop for Renato Sanches

Wolves have reportedly been given the green light to sign Lille-midfielder Renato Sanches after Bruno Lage failed to bring the Portuguese to Molineux in the summer.

The 24-year-old has been subject to interest from a wide array of clubs across Europe, with AC Milan, Arsenal and Wolves some of the clubs reportedly keeping tabs on the midfielder.

Sanches joined the reigning French champions from Bayern Munich in summer 2019 and recently admitted that when he joined Bayern from Portuguese outfit Benfica, he “was too young” but now feels “ready for a big club.”

Due to a meniscal injury, the £27m-rated midfielder missed a month of action at the start of the season but has made 13 appearances across Ligue 1 and the Champions League this term.

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Imagine him & Neves

The Lille star has played in the Premier League before, enduring a torrid loan spell at Swansea City in the 2017/18 season, featuring just 15 times as the Welsh outfit was relegated from the top-flight.

However, the 24-year-old now appears ready for a return to England amid links to Wolves and Arsenal, should a deal be sorted.

Branded as a “complete” talent by Lille president Oliver Letang, Sanches really would be a statement signing if Lage was able to lure his fellow countryman to the West Midlands.

Wolves have seriously struggled for goals from the middle of the park, with Ruben Neves the only central midfielder to score in the Premier League this term.

Moreover, the currently preferred central trio of Neves, Leander Dendoncker and Joao Moutinho certainly isn’t sustainable, particularly given the fact that Moutinho is now 35-years-old. Investment in the midfield will be necessary.

Bruno Lage’s side have had a decent start to the campaign, sitting in the top half. However, they are currently the league’s second-lowest scorers with just 12 goals. Thus, the addition of Sanches, who has been dubbed an “absolute engine” by scout Jacek Kulig, would be perfect.

His ability to drive forward and create, combined with Neves’ more tough-tackling approach should be a sumptuous thought for Wolves supporters.

That said, it’s a squad that certainly needs investment in January. You could argue that, given the clubs he’s been linked with, Wolves would be a backwards move. If Lage was able to secure a deal for Sanches, it would certainly be a major statement of intent and one that could help forge a formidable partnership in the middle of the park.

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