Liverpool now face big competition for £29.4m man, after summer claims they were leading race
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Liverpool warned about AC Milan's £29m Renato Sanches move; Jorge Mendes crucial

Liverpool were heavily interested in signing Renato Sanches before he suffered a meniscus injury in pre-season, but the chance to sign him might present itself in January.

A report from Mundo Deportivo cited ‘the latest information from France’ in August as indicating that Liverpool were the ‘the most likely destination of Renato Sanches’ and Barcelona were out of the running due to’ the delicate economic situation’ at Camp Nou.

He then got injured and stayed at Lille and, while he was close to joining Wolves on loan, disagreements over a £25m obligation-to-buy clause saw the deal scrapped.

The opportunity to sign Sanches – potentially in January – is presenting itself and Liverpool need only take action. According to Calciomercato, AC Milan have made contact about signing the Portuguese star from Lille and both the Reds and Arsenal have been ‘warned’ about the Rossoneri’s interest.

They report: “Jorge Mendes wants to immediately move his client and sees Milan as the most suitable club to complete an important maturation shown in the last two years. 

“Lille’s starting valuation is around €35million (£29.4m).”

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A deal to sign him in January is allegedly difficult because Lille ‘would not want to lose such an important player’ midway through the season, especially after falling from Ligue 1 champions to 12th in the table without a win in their last five league fixtures.

Liverpool are yet to sign a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum and, if they want to recruit Sanches, they can use their strong relationship with Jorge Mendes – who first brought Fabinho and then Diogo Jota to Anfield – to sign the Lille star.

Sanches is represented by Gestifute, an agency led by Jorge Mendes, and they represent Fabinho, Diogo Jota, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva, Cancelo, Ederson and none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Signing Sanches amid all his injury problems to replace Wijnaldum, a player that suffered the fewest injuries under Klopp, would admittedly be a risky move.

He has suffered 15 separate injuries since the start of the 2017/18 season. While he is made to play under Jurgen Klopp, the German’s system places major physical demands on its players.

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