Liverpool could regret letting Renato Sanches moves for just a reported £8m fee. The Reds supposedly wanted the midfielder.
Liverpool won’t sign a midfielder this summer, it seems. That’s certainly the line from every decent source – Jurgen Klopp is happy with what he has and 2023 is the big one.
The Liverpool Echo is one of those making such a claim. Jude Bellingham is apparently on the agenda and the Reds would happily pay a ‘significant’ fee to land him.
And that means ignoring the market in 2022. To be fair, Liverpool do boast a decent selection of midfielders right now – Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Thiago, James Milner, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Fabio Carvalho.
However, we’d argue that Fabinho is the only one there without a question mark on him. Both Henderson and Thiago have fitness concerns and usually face spells out. Keita is the same, while he joins Milner and Oxlade-Chamberlain as players with expiring contracts next year.
Then the last three are all very young players with relatively little experience. There’s a solid argument that Liverpool should still move in 2022 to bolster their midfield, even if it means moving someone on.
And that’s why we think they might just regret not taking a chance on Renato Sanches for £8m.
Renato Sanches nears £8m move
Reports in Italy, such as from Calcio Mercato, claim that AC Milan will sign Sanches for £8m. That’s a potential bargain as the Scudetto winners pick up a wonderfully talented midfielder on the cheap.
Now, that’s only really possibly because Sanches also has fitness concerns. But surely it’s a risk worth taking? Liverpool seemed to think so if certain reports are accurate.
Fabrizio Romano, for instance, talked earlier this year about Liverpool having ‘serious interest’ in Sanches. That came after several reports in 2021 saying similar. We’ve always maintained that he’d be a risk worth taking, too – and that was before we knew he’d move for as little as £8m. He’s a brilliant talent, one that Carlo Ancelotti once described as ‘fantastic’ and ‘amazing’ when he worked with him at Bayern Munich.
We wonder if Liverpool might regret not adding Sanches to their options, then. Especially if the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Milner leave for nothing in a year’s time. The Portuguese midfielder could have strengthened the squad for a relatively small outlay, while his fitness concerns wouldn’t have been a major issue as the Reds do boast enough depth.
This could be one to watch over the season, then. Liverpool have seemingly made a decision not to get involved here and it could end up being a regret.