Renato Sanches is up for grabs and at £42m he’d represent not only an easier option but a cheaper one for Liverpool. Should they swoop?
I’m going to come out and be entirely honest here, I’ve very rarely seen Renato Sanches play.
However, from the Bayern Munich and Portugal appearances I have seen him make, he looks one hell of a player for someone who is actually younger than me!
Strong, tall, quick, a smart passer of the ball and possessing a rocket of a shot, Sanches was awarded Europe’s coveted Golden Boy trophy in 2016 and also won the Young Player of the Tournament in Portugal’s victorious 2016 campaign.
Despite these awards and performances winning him his first big money move to Bayern Munich, Sanches’ career really hasn’t taken off in the way he might have imagined and now, with Tolisso and Rodriguez joining the club and Goretzka possibly on his way too, the Portuguese starlet finds himself surplus to requirements.
With Bayern Munich reportedly very willing to sell for the right offer – believed to be in the region of £42m – the midfielder would represent a much easier option for the Reds if they do decide to turn elsewhere given RB Leipzig’s hardball stance over current target Naby Keita.
His price tag is also significantly lower than the £71m supposedly bid for Keïta this week and would free up £30m in extra funds to put into a massive bid for van Dijk, or strengthen another area of the squad entirely.
The player can operate as the deepest lying option in a midfield three or as a box-to-box midfielder and his ability to break up play and create chances from deeper positions on the pitch would be of huge help to the Reds in breaking down deep-lying defences.
If Klopp does target the midfielder, he will have to move quickly, as AC Milan are said to be heavily involved in negotiations with the Bavarian club as they bid to make him their next signing in an incredibly busy transfer window.
What do you think? Would Renato Sanches be a good fit at Liverpool?