The Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst says that Renato Sanches moving to Anfield is problematic due to his wage demands.
Earlier this month, Pedro Almeida reported that a move to sign Sanches from Lille for €35m was done.
The player was alleged to be in agreement with the Reds over personal terms worth €4.5m/year – an agreement stretching back to December 2020.
Gorst reveals what he knows
Paul Gorst reports that the Lille star’s wages would be a sticking point and it’s clear that Almeida’s claims were wide of the mark.
He writes: “With Sanches, the issue would be that he is a player who would come in on wages that would not fall in line with where his place would be within the squad.
“Would he be ahead of Keita? There is an argument to say yes, but those who love Keita would say not.
“So that means Sanches would be a tough one to bring in, and I think if they are looking at midfield options, it might be elsewhere.”
Sanches or Saul?
I’m personally disappointed that Yves Bissouma is no longer part of the conversation as he was one of my favourite non-Liverpool Premier League players to watch last season.
The Malian has all the tools to be a superb performer under Jurgen Klopp but so too do Renato Sanches and Saul Niguez.
As things stand right now. Liverpool cannot move for any of their first-choice targets and that includes PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen.
Whether Klopp signs Saul or Sanches is down to the tactical system he is looking to implement.
If he wants a more mobile unit able to damage sides on the counter-attack, then Sanches is the man for Liverpool.
If he wants to return to the style of play that saw the Reds win the Premier League on 99 points by playing carefully in possession once a goal or two up, then Saul is the man for the Anfield outfit.