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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.

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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.

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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.

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