Speaking on Goal’s Shop Window Transfer Show, Neil Jones offered a fresh claim on Liverpool’s attempts to sign Renato Sanches.
The Portuguese midfielder was a big part of Lille’s storm to the Ligue 1 title last season, featuring 23 times and racking up a 6.78 WhoScored rating and has thus seen his name linked with clubs in England, including Liverpool.
Do you see Liverpool signing Sanches?
Jurgen Klopp is on the hunt for a new midfielder following the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum, who left as a free agent and ended up signing for Paris Saint-Germain, despite interest from Barcelona.
Jones spoke at length about Liverpool’s stance on Sanches.
“What I was told, when I did check that with people close to the club, was that they don’t feel he’s the right signing, in terms of he’s someone who’s going to be looking to be the main man at a club.
“He’s had experience of not playing at clubs and not playing in the Premier League, as it happens – is he going to want to be settling into that role of being a fifth or sixth-choice or a rotation option? Probably not.”
TIF Thoughts on Sanches…
Sanches has already got a season’s worth of experience playing in England’s top flight as he joined Swansea City back in 2017 on a season-long loan deal, however, after starting just nine league games, it proved to be a bad move on his behalf, and he was only handed four starts with Bayern Munich the following season when he returned to the Bundesliga.
According to L’Equipe, Lille are willing to cash in on Sanches this summer, with a separate report claiming the price tag stands at £30 million, so if the Reds can move on some of their fringe players, Klopp could eye up the Portuguese midfielder – though it seems a move is unlikely based on Jones’ comments.