Liverpool journalist Neil Jones has been sharing some details on the Merseyside club’s reported transfer interest in LOSC Lille midfielder Renato Sanches.
On the subject of Sanches, who has been linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks, Jones had this to say on the matter.
He said: “I don’t personally think Liverpool will sign him this summer, unless of course, the deal becomes one of those ones that you think, you know what, it’s too good to turn down.
“I’ve spoken to people at Liverpool who say well, really, the costs associated with it, the idea that they’d buy him to not start for Liverpool just doesn’t sort of fit and it doesn’t make sense on a few levels.
“I’d like to see him in the Premier League. I’d like to see him at a club like Liverpool because I think he’s got a bit of uniqueness to him that you think of a midfield, and you think I’d really like to see him sort of on-song and flying at a club, and you know if it was Liverpool, all the better for it, but sadly, I don’t think it will be this summer, personally.”
Sanches signed to Lille back in the 2019 summer transfer window from German club Bayern Munich for a reported fee of £18 million, as per Transfermarkt.
Since then, the 23-year-old, who is currently valued at £27 million, has made 59 appearances for the French side across all competitions, in which he has managed to score five goals and provide five assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Neil Jones’ comments on Liverpool’s interest in Sanches…
Given how Sanches managed to earn himself an overall rating of 6.89/10 for his performances for Portugal at Euro 2020, making him their third-highest-rated player according to WhoScored, it’s understandable why Liverpool have reportedly shown an interest in signing the midfield man.
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In our view, with Georginio Wijnaldum having left the club on a free transfer to French club Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks, it’s plausible that the recruitment staff at Liverpool could see Sanches as a suitable long-term replacement for the Dutchman.
However, with Sanches having previously spent time playing in England during a rather poor loan spell with Swansea City, there’s every possibility that the midfield man wouldn’t want to return to the Premier League.
And with Jones’ feelings that Liverpool won’t sign him this summer, perhaps the fans should not get too hung up on the prospect of him moving to Anfield this year.