‘In the coming days’: Fabrizio Romano corroborates report that says Reds are in pole position to sign €40m gem

Fabrizio Romano has corroborated news that the Reds are in a race with Barcelona to sign Renato Sanches after a report from Mundo Deportivo.

Concern is mounting that Liverpool aren’t going to do any more business this summer even after Jurgen Klopp said the club is looking at the market.

Fans returned to Anfield in force on the weekend for the first time since the start of the pandemic but if a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum isn’t signed, it might be that silverware doesn’t return for even longer.

Renato Sanches linked with Liverpool again

A report from daily Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo surfaced on Tuesday and it cited ‘information from France’ that claimed that Liverpool are the likeliest destination for Lille’s Renato Sanches this summer.

Sevilla, Spain - June 27 : Renato Sanches midfielder of Portugal & Youri Tielemans midfielder of Belgium during the 16th UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Belgium and Portugal on June 27, 2021 in Sevilla, Spain, 27/06/2021 ( Photo by Nico Vereecken / Photonews via Getty Images)
Sevilla, Spain – June 27 : Renato Sanches midfielder of Portugal & Youri Tielemans midfielder of Belgium during the 16th UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Belgium and Portugal on June 27, 2021 in Sevilla, Spain, 27/06/2021 ( Photo by Nico Vereecken / Photonews via Getty Images)

This is because Barcelona are in financial peril as the entire world knows as Lionel Messi’s move to PSG has dreadfully exposed.

They were embarrassed when PSG hijacked a move to sign Georginio Wijnaldum earlier this summer and to make things catastrophically worse, the Parisians rubbed salt into their wounds by snatching up their most prized possession of all time.

Mundo Deportivo journalist Jordi Batalli writes: “In this scenario, the most likely destination of Renato Sanches would be Liverpool and Lille hopes to earn some €40 million for the Portuguese footballer, an amount that Anfield expect to reduce.”

Portugal's midfielder Renato Sanches kicks the ball during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match between Portugal and France at Puskas Arena in Budapest on June 23, 2021. (Photo by Darko Bandic / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Portugal’s midfielder Renato Sanches kicks the ball during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match between Portugal and France at Puskas Arena in Budapest on June 23, 2021. (Photo by Darko Bandic / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Transcribed by the Anfield Watch, Fabrizio Romano says on his podcast: “It’s Barcelona and Liverpool that are interested in Renato Sanches – but the price tag is around €40million so we will see what happens in the coming days.”

Sanches to Liverpool must develop quickly

I’m not sure about you, but I both love and hate the transfer window.

On the one hand, it’s chaotic and we get to see things like Lionel Messi moving to Paris that we would otherwise never get to see.

On the other, as a Liverpool fan, it’s quite frustrating to see our rivals splash the cash with what seems like almost zero care while Michael Edwards is forced to sell Shaqiri to complete signings.

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE - AUGUST 06: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool during a Table Tennis Tournament at Their Pre-Season Training Camp on August 06, 2021 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE – AUGUST 06: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool during a Table Tennis Tournament at Their Pre-Season Training Camp on August 06, 2021 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

It’s also a very toxic period of the football calendar as fans (I’m guilty of this too at times) quickly disregard the players already at their clubs and become far too obsessed with seeing new signings arrive.

For Liverpool, it’s clear that they have arguably the best starting XI or at least the side best suited to churning out wins week after week.

However, as we saw last season, if injuries strike key players as they can – Andy Robertson has already been ruled out with ankle ligament damage – it can fall apart.

That’s why it’s crucial for the Merseysiders to bolster their squad depth to compete with the likes of Chelsea and the Manchester clubs.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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