Liverpool linked with Bayern Munich's Renato Sanches - could Jurgen Klopp get the best out of him?
Reports have emerged that Liverpool are showing an interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, with suggestions that he could still leave the German outfit before the end of the summer window.
An article in German publication Kicker has been widely shared by the national Press in the United Kingdom. This claims that Sanches will be only other departure from the Allianz Arena this summer. This coincided with The Sun linking the Reds with a potential swoop for the Portugal international.
They say manager Jurgen Klopp is ready to pounce for the 20-year-old midfielder, who has struggled to establish himself in the Bayern side under Carlo Ancelotti since joining for a big-money transfer from Benfica last year.
Not long ago, Sanches was considered one of the brightest talents in European football. He had shone for Benfica and even broken into Portugal’s national team as a teenager.
Equipped with pace and strength that belied his tender years, Sanches was a key part of the squad that helped the rank outsiders lift the 2016 European Championship trophy in France. On a personal level, he took home the award for best young player of the tournament.
However, Sanches’ career has not developed in the way many expected. Last season he was restricted to just 17 Bundesliga appearances as Ancelotti used him sparingly. Sanches has yet to find the net for the German giants and is understood to be frustrated by a lack of game-time.
Ancelotti has increased speculation that the Portuguese could be on his way out of the Allianz Arena by saying that his future is still undecided, as reported by ESPN.
Manchester United had been linked with Sanches before he signed for Bayern, but it is their fierce rivals Liverpool who now appear to be at the front of the queue. A season-long loan move is being mooted, which would allow Ancelotti to keep tabs on the youngster’s progress.
Having shelled out an initial fee of £27.5 million just 15 months ago, the Bayern boss is unlikely to accept a cut-price permanent transfer at this time. For Liverpool, a loan deal would minimise the risk; enabling them to walk away after 12 months without incurring significant financial damage.
Although raw, Sanches has all the attributes to become an outstanding player and Klopp may believe he can unlock his huge potential. Liverpool are not exactly short of attacking midfielders, but the former Benfica star would offer the club a different dimension.
Sanches is very direct and can operate in a variety of attacking positions. With Philippe Coutinho’s future still uncertain, he would bring extra depth to a squad that will be playing Champions League football this season.