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Liverpool transfers: Fabrizio Romano drops Renato Sanches hint

Fabrizio Romano says Liverpool fans should ‘keep an eye’ on Renato Sanches. The Lille midfielder could move this summer.

Fabrizio Romano told his ‘Here We Go’ podcast that Liverpool are in for Renato Sanches. They’re not the only ones, however, as Barcelona like the look of the midfielder.

“I would keep an eye again on Renato Sanches for midfield,” said Romano. “Also, Barcelona are looking at his situation.

“So it’s Barcelona and Liverpool interested in Renato Sanches but the price-tag is around €40m (£34m). So we will see in the coming days.”

For what it’s worth, French journalist Mohamed Toubache-Ter says similar on Twitter. He claims Sanches could leave for Liverpool and would cost at least £34m.

Romano backs Sanches to Liverpool

This comes just a few days after Le10Sport reported that Barcelona were close to signing Sanches. That was enough for us to wonder if the 23-year-old was off the table for Liverpool.

That would be quite disappointing as Sanches might be a really good fit in Jurgen Klopp’s team. That’s the impression we get, certainly.

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But, to be honest, this all sounds like regular rumour-mill stuff. There have been links to Sanches for a very long time now but nothing has happened.

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Given the financial crisis in French football, such a deal would be relatively simple to get done – if Liverpool wanted it. The fact Sanches remains at Lille, then, is a sign that the Reds’ interest can’t be too strong.

There are other factors to consider, too. Can they really offer him first-team football? Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson will almost certainly be the first choice midfielders next season. Sanches could struggle for games.

On the other hand, all three battled injury problems last season. The latter two are both 30, too, so there certainly would be upcoming opportunities for Sanches.

It all depends on what Liverpool want to do with their money. Taking a chance on Sanches might be a risk worth taking but it increasingly looks as though the Reds will stick with what they have.

For better or worse.

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