Lille ace Renato Sanches is “destined” to join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side despite interest from a number of Serie A giants, as reported by Calciomercato.
Even before a dreadful run of form more akin to relegation candidates than Premier League champions, Liverpool were scouring the market for a midfield maestro.
Try as they might, the Reds have failed to tie Gini Wijnaldum down to a new contract, while doubts persist about Thiago Alcantara’s stylistic suitability. That’s without mentioning the injury problems suffered by Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.
So Liverpool – who kept their powder dry during a summer of cost-cutting a year ago – surely have no choice but to invest this time round following a disastrous title defence.
A few weeks ago, Le10 Sport claimed Sanches, the Portugal international and former Bayern Munich youngster, had been identified as the ideal replacement for Wijnaldum.
Klopp is apparently a huge fan of the 2016 Golden Boy winner and would have been impressed by the way Sanches bounced back at Lille after a couple of miserable seasons at the Allianz Arena – not to mention a short-lived spell at Swansea City the 23-year-old would love to airbrush from history.
According to Calciomercato, Sanches has plenty of admirers in Italy but, as things stand, looks “destined” to end up at Anfield.
It remains to be seen, however, whether the 22-cap playmaker leaves Stade Pierre Mauroy with a Ligue 1 winner’s medal hanging round his neck.
Sanches has often been the beating heart of a Lille team sitting three points ahead of Lyon in top spot and dreaming of domestic glory for the first time since the Eden Hazard days.