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Report: Juventus attempt to beat Liverpool to Renato Sanches

Juventus are a late challenger for Renato Sanches, according to one journalist. Liverpool supposedly want the player.

Journalist Pedro Almeida believes Juventus are about to bid late in the game for Renato Sanches. They won’t give up on the midfielder and are ready to offer Lille a £35m ‘proposal’.

That doesn’t sound like straight cash to us, more like a small upfront fee with bonuses. Perhaps even a player thrown in. Regardless, Juventus seem to want the player and will see what they can do.

And that should effect Liverpool. Almeida has been beating the ‘Sanches to Liverpool’ drum over the last few days. He said a few days ago that it was close to being done for £30m – though it seems Juventus have other ideas.

Renato Sanches to Juventus?

We’d fancy Liverpool to overcome any challenge from Juventus. A few extra million is unlikely to make a great difference, while the Reds can quite easily present themselves as the better option for Sanches.

The Old Lady don’t exactly feel like a team on the up, for one thing. They’ve just had a torrid season where they scraped into the top four – and that was without awful injury problems.

A string of midfielders have gone there in recent years and seen their careers stall, too. Emre Can, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey have all been middling at best, really.

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Whereas Liverpool have a clear spot in the team with Gini Wijnaldum’s departure. The Reds also have a proven track record of improving players and we think they could do the same with Sanches.

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He’s a player we’ve talked about for some time, now. Fabrizio Romano had the Lille man down as a Liverpool target all the way back in February.

In fact, we were covering reports and talking about the player in December; these latest reports aren’t out of the blue. Far from it.

And for what it’s worth, we think Sanches would be a fantastic signing. He’s still young enough (23) to kick on considerably at Liverpool, while his skill set is fairly unique.

He’s a big, physical player but one who has fantastic technical ability. Sanches can run with the ball, he can maintain possession, and get up and down the pitch.

We’d love to see him at Liverpool and, hopefully, this is one they can make happen. Juventus might make it a fight but the Reds should do what they can to push this through.

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