LFC reportedly completed a deal to sign €35million ace a month ago – how would he fit in at Anfield?

Renato Sanches is arguably the closest thing to a Georginio Wijnaldum clone that FSG will find this summer and it’s widely reported Lille will let him leave for just €35million.

Supporters are set to flock to Anfield for the start of the Premier League season as the UK government has lifted its restrictions on attendance at sporting events.

While many fans on social media are currently worried about a perceived lack of transfer activity, it’s more than likely that sporting director Michael Edwards is hard at work behind the scenes.

My hope is that the rumours of a deal to bring Renato Sanches of Lille to Merseyside aren’t wide of the mark as they seem to be.

LILLE, FRANCE - MARCH 21: Renato Sanches of Lille OSC during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and Nimes Olympique at Stade Pierre Mauroy on March 21, 2021 in Lille, France.
LILLE, FRANCE – MARCH 21: Renato Sanches of Lille OSC during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and Nimes Olympique at Stade Pierre Mauroy on March 21, 2021 in Lille, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

At the start of July,  Pedro Almeida reported that a move to sign Sanches from Lille for €35m was done.

Nothing has come to fruition so far and while this may well have something to do with Liverpool’s inability to free up a non-homegrown slot in their Premier League squad, it might be wide of the mark altogether.

While links to Atletico Madrid’s Saul persist, it seems unlikely that Liverpool will pay €50million as well as the wages the Spaniard is likely to demand.

That in mind, I think Sanches would be a wise choice.

METZ, FRANCE - APRIL 09: Renato Sanches of Lille walks in the field during the Ligue 1 match between FC Metz and Lille OSC at Stade Saint-Symphorien on April 9, 2021 in Metz, France.
METZ, FRANCE – APRIL 09: Renato Sanches of Lille walks in the field during the Ligue 1 match between FC Metz and Lille OSC at Stade Saint-Symphorien on April 9, 2021 in Metz, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)

The Lille ace is so much like Wijnaldum that it’s scary.

The Dutchman has moved to PSG and for better or for worse, Liverpool need to cope with the fact they will need to make doe without their fittest central midfielder.

Sanches is almost identical to Wijnaldum in that he is able to resist a high press with ease while being able to surge through the midfield with power.

He is also very good defensively despite excelling in a counter-attacking role.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 17: Renato Sanches of OSC Lille looks on during the UEFA Champions League group H match between AFC Ajax and Lille OSC at Amsterdam Arena on September 17, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 17: Renato Sanches of OSC Lille looks on during the UEFA Champions League group H match between AFC Ajax and Lille OSC at Amsterdam Arena on September 17, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Signing the Portugal ace would give Jurgen Klopp a wealth of options but crucially, he wouldn’t need to change much as he would be able to drop the former Swansea City star straight in without needing to change much.

Of course, like most Liverpool signings, the 24-year-old would need to adjust as Klopp’s tactical system is quite demanding.

The transfer window closes at the end of August so it’s not time to panic but fans will soon begin to wonder if Liverpool have plans to make any further additions at all.

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

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