Football website TuttoMercattoWeb have claimed that Liverpool have an ‘agreement in place’ with French side Lille to sign midfielder Renato Sanches for a fee of £18 million.
It’s a reported deal that seemingly has materialised out of nowhere and one that follows suit with a number of previously sanctioned Liverpool transfers.
Reports from France indicate that Liverpool were tracking Euro 2016 winner Sanches, last week – ahead of the January transfer window. After a turbulent time at Bayern, Sanches has rediscovered himself at Lille.
A muscle injury has kept him sidelined for the last couple of months, but Le10Sport claim that Liverpool have dubbed Sanches as the long-term successor to Georginio Wijnaldum.
Out of nowhere
In a lot of regards, it’s a deal that makes perfect sense. For one, similarly to Wijnaldum, Sanches would arrive at Anfield with a point to prove and with more questions than answers surrounding his long-term prospects.
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Also, the fact that Sanches’ agent is also a client of Fabinho and Diogo Jota is another reason why there could be some validity in regards to a potential move.
It’s also reminiscent of the two deals Liverpool sanctioned to sign both Fabinho and Jota from AS Monaco and Wolves respectivley.
Signings usually involve months of speculation before a deal is even close to being agreed. There can be countless reports before official communication between the two clubs has even begun.
Case and point with Thiago. Liverpool formally signed him after months and months of speculation and uncertainty. Everyone knew Liverpool were interested, but the deal took an age to get over the line.
But Fabinho and Jota were different. There was no suggestion from the media that Liverpool wanted either player before a move was imminent.
The same can be said with Sanches who is also represented by Gestifute. As it has appeared in the past, Gestifute typically prefer to get deals done quickly and outside the public eye.
It’s a strategy that has proven extremely effective in the past, and Liverpool could look to repeat it again.
Sanches’ agent clearly has a good relationship with Liverpool and if he thinks his client will be well-suited at Anfield then who are we to argue?
Jota and Fabinho have both proven to be financial masterstrokes from Liverpool’s behalf. Hopefully, lightning could be set to strike a third time.
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