CalcioMercato have claimed that Lille midfielder Renato Sanches ‘seems destined’ to join Liverpool this summer after initially being linked ahead of the January transfer window – with the Reds looking to replace Gini Wijnaldum.
Sanches, 23, has reinvigorated his career in France with Lille – after falling down the pecking order at Bayern Munich. A disappointing loan spell at Swansea City was followed by 24 appearances for Bayern during 2018-19 – starting only six.
A permanent move to Lille came in 2019 and he has since clocked 49 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 ace. The Portugal international, and Euro 2016 winner, emerged as a target for Liverpool in December – as per Le10Sport.
It remains to be seen how much Lille will want for their £21.5million (Goal) signing but it is likely to be a lot more than they paid for him two years ago. Now, the latest report claims he is ‘destined’ for Anfield ahead of the summer window.
TBR’s view – Is it just Wijnaldum that needs replacing?
Wijnaldum is out of contract in the summer and as we prepare to enter March, the Netherlands international looks more and more likely to depart at the end of the campaign. He has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona.
But Liverpool might have to end up replacing other midfielders. Naby Keita simply has not been able to live up to the hype he produced at Leipzig, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may feel he needs a move for game time – and Xherdan Shaqiri has been linked.
So, is it just Sanches that needs to be brought in – and only Wijnaldum that needs replacing? Probably not.