Tottenham Hotspur are now considered to be Arsenal’s main rivals in the race to sign Lille midfielder Renato Sanches in 2022.
That’s according to a report from Spanish newspaper AS, who were covering Barcelona’s interest.
Barca allegedly haven’t forgotten about Sanches despite the emergence of Gavi and Nico this season.
They would still like to sign Sanches, but London could be his destination.
It’s stated that Arsenal and Tottenham are the most interested clubs as Sanches seeks to leave Lille.
Arsenal have been heavily linked of late but Tottenham’s interest is a new development with Antonio Conte keen on midfield additions.
Should Sanches join Arsenal or Tottenham?
Branded ‘amazing’ by Carlo Ancelotti, Sanches has endured ups and downs in his career.
Initially a wonderkid at Benfica, Sanches earned a big move to Bayern Munich but struggled.
Many will remember Sanches flopping on loan at Swansea City, but he has rebuilt himself at Lille.
24-year-old Sanches is mobile and athletic, but also has quality on the ball and has picked up six goals and six assists at Lille.
Arsenal do need a midfielder, but their first-choice pairing is Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey.
Sanches may face a battle to get into the side at first given how much Mikel Arteta seems to love those two.
Tottenham seem a little more exciting at the moment, and that’s down to Conte.
A true world-class manager, Conte can take Tottenham forward and Snaches may fancy being a part of that.
Sanches is more dynamic than Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp, offering Conte a true box-to-box player in midfield.
If both clubs make offers, we would back Sanches for Tottenham over Arsenal, even if some fans would fear him being another Tanguy Ndombele.