Liverpool reportedly want two transfers from Lille and Saturday may have made things easier. The Ligue 1 champions suffered a humiliating defeat.
There are two potential transfers at Lille that Liverpool will like – Renato Sanches and Jonathan David.
Fabrizio Romano recently told his ‘Here We Go’ podcast that the Reds wanted Sanches. Barcelona will rival them for the midfielder but he remains an option.
So what are Liverpool’s chances of getting those players? Well, it’s complicated. Lille are the reigning Ligue 1 champions and they’d almost certainly like to keep their squad together.
After all, there are Champions League fixtures coming up, as well as another title challenge. That’s not all they have to consider, though.
As the Athletic explains here, there is a financial crisis in French football that will see clubs cash-in on stars. Lille will want to resist doing so, however, as this is their best squad in a decade.
They would completely eliminate any chance of competing at the top by selling either Sanches or David – let alone both. But then, it’s debatable what their chances are of competing anyway.
Lille ripe for transfers?
The champions are now two games into their Ligue 1 season. The first didn’t go well as they drew 3-3 at Metz.
Metz actually had a 3-1 lead on 56 minutes, though, before going down to ten men. That allowed Lille to push back but they still required a 97th-minute own goal to get a point.
Saturday was far, far worse, however. They hosted Nice, who are now managed by Lille’s title-winning coach from last season, Christophe Galtier.
Lille left David on the bench for this one, while Sanches didn’t play. The game finished 4-0 to Nice.
And that means Lille need to assess what their goals are. Should they be cashing in on the likes of Sanches or David while their stocks are high?
Or are things so bad without them that they can’t possibly sell?
Either way, it seems unlikely that they’ll challenge for the Ligue 1 title again. That might give Liverpool an in.
If Lille need cash – as every French club outside of those funded by an oil state does – they can probably be persuaded to lower their expectations and part with an asset.
Liverpool might want to see what they can do in the next two weeks.