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'It’s logical': Lille director admits Renato Sanches is available

Renato Sanches could leave Lille this summer, according to the club’s sporting director. Liverpool supposedly like the player.

Renato Sanches has well and truly rebuilt his career since joining Lille. He once again looks like a very exciting young talent.

That was certainly the case back when he was with Benfica, of course. A big-money move to Bayern Munich failed to reach expectations, however.

We all remember his terrible spell with Swansea City, too, where Sanches looked like a lost cause. He just never clicked in the Premier League and looked poor even in a relegated side.

But the move to Lille has been a great one. Sanches has battled some injuries but he’s had performances that make him look elite once again. We highlighted one here, in fact, against AC Milan.

We did that after reports linked Liverpool with a move for Sanches. Le10Sport initially made that claim, with both CalcioMercato and Fabrizio Romano later saying similar.

Now it appears that move could happen – if Liverpool want it. A Lille director admits Sanches could leave.

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Renato Sanches to leave Lille?

The Athletic just put out a piece on Sanches and how he’s rebuilding his status in football. One interesting part is from Lille director Olivier Letang.

He admits that, if it suits all parties, the Portugal midfielder could depart this summer.

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“There are already some clubs interested because we have had a recent discussion,” he said. “But everybody needs to be happy for this to happen.

“I do not know if Renato will stay with us or not. Not yet. Let’s see. But as a top, top-profile player, it’s logical that you get some top clubs that are interested in him.”

The opportunity is there, then, to pry Sanches away from the French champions. We think that’s something Liverpool should strongly consider.

His playing style and physical game should suit the Reds’ midfield wonderfully, while also adding something that isn’t quite there at the moment. Sanches would bring a whole new dimension all on his own.

We loved how he looked in just his first nine minutes at Euro 2020, for instance. Small sample size? Of course. But he still did things few players can.

Sanches is still just 23 and his ceiling remains incredibly high. We’d love to see how Liverpool would develop him – they could turn him into a star.

Now, Bayern once thought the same thing, of course. But with the ages and gaps in Liverpool’s midfield, Sanches shouldn’t struggle for chances. He could be a wonderful piece in the Reds’ next great XI.

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