In the race for Renato Sanches’ signature, Liverpool is expected to beat Barcelona, with Lille willing to sell the midfielder for a fee of £33.8 million [€40 million].
In a story published by The Express, Liverpool is expected to sign Renato Sanches before Barcelona, with Lille willing to sell the midfielder for £33.8 million [€40 million] this summer provided the right offer is made.
To this point, Jurgen Klopp has been deafeningly silent in the transfer market. Since signing RB Leipzig center-back Ibrahima Konate from the Reds in late May, the Liverpool manager has failed to add any more players to his team.
However, the German coach is still expected to add to his squad before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, with a central midfielder likely to be a top priority following the departure of Gini Wijnaldum to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.
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Sanches is one of a number of players whose names have been connected with a move to Anfield in recent months, and he has been mentioned as a major target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp this summer.
His finest form has returned after joining Lille in 2019 following a poor period with Bayern Munich, and he was instrumental in the club’s title-winning campaign last season. As well as impressing for Portugal at Euro 2020, Sanches carried over his form into the summer.
In a report by the Express, the midfielder’s current club Lille is willing to sell him. Barcelona, meantime, has shown an interest, but their financial difficulties – which led to Lionel Messi’s departure – make a transfer for Sanches almost impossible.
According to Mundo Deportivo, which was published by the Express, Liverpool is currently in pole position to sign the Portuguese international after Barcelona withdrew from the race. It is reported that if Sanches decides to leave Lille, the Reds will bid roughly £33.8 million [€40 million] for his signature, with the French club requesting around £33.8 million [€40 million].
The outcome of the situation will have to wait and see how things unfold over the next few days, but Sanches would be a fantastic addition to Liverpool’s squad if they can bring him to Anfield before the transfer season ends.
He would be an excellent addition to Jurgen Klopp’s team in the middle of the park, and his versatility would allow him to complement players such as Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.
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The Reds need to reinforce if they are to reduce the gap on Manchester City, which has just spent £100 million on Jack Grealish. Sanches would be a fantastic addition for the former Premier League champions.