Arsenal fans want club to sign Portugal star after Euro 2020 display
Portugal scraped through the last 16 of Euro 2020 after a 2-2 draw with France. Afterwards, Arsenal fans raved over the performance of Renato Sanches.
A couple of Cristiano Ronaldo penalties saw the holders progress. Karim Benzema scored twice for the World Cup winners.
It was a stunning game of football, and arguably the game of Euro 2020 so far. For Arsenal fans, it gave them a glimpse of a player their fans are desperate to see the club sign.
Sanches is yet to register a goal contribution at this summer’s tournament. His energy levels in midfield have really caught the eye though.
He has dazzled when in possession and with Arsenal looking for midfielders, some think he could be perfect.
Sanches is currently playing his club football for Lille. He scored once and claimed four assists during 2020/21 as Christophe Galtier’s team won the Ligue 1 title.
Sanches was a wonderkid during his time at Benfica. He was tipped to take European football by storm.
When Bayern Munich signed him, it was thought that he’d take the Bundesliga by storm. It’s fair to say, however, there have been some bumps in the road.
He scored just twice in 53 games for the German side and was sent on loan to Swansea. There, he played 15 times and managed just one goal contribution.
How has Sanches transformed himself?
Now 23 the player has rediscovered himself in the heart of midfield. After bursting onto the scene as a winger, a small tweak has helped him flourish.
His energy makes him a real handful and last night he continued to drive at the opposition.
In possession of the ball he’s really easy on the eye and Arsenal fans were amazed with his showing last night.
Many were quick to write him off after a poor loan spell at Swansea but now it seems on the path to stardom again.
Where would he fit at Arsenal?
The Gunners don’t have a midfielder in their ranks with the ability to drive at players quite like Sanches.
He is direct, forward-thinking and boasts strong decision-making when it comes to the final third.
Arsenal have Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey in their midfield ranks. They are both capable when it comes to defensive duties but further up the pitch they’re not comfortable.
Granit Xhaka is likely to leave and Dani Ceballos has returned to Real Madrid after his loan.
That leaves Mikel Arteta with an opening in midfield and plenty of links have emerged.
Ruben Neves has been a strong link, whilst Yves Bissouma is also thought to be a target.
Arsenal fans rave about Sanches
Following last night’s performance, Arsenal fans would certainly welcome the Portuguese star at the Emirates Stadium.
Back in December, Turro Mercato Web claimed that Liverpool had agreed to an £18 million deal with Lille for Sanches.
That move never came to fruition and he could be worth considerably more now. He cost Lille £22 million and they could fancy making a profit on that.
Sanches is the highest-paid player at Lille on £51,000-a-week and surely clubs will be interested in the summer.
One those might be Arsenal and their fans would certainly welcome him signing for the Gunners.
Here is what they had to say on Twitter following his eye-catching performance against France last night.
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