A European champion is about to hit the market as French football enters a financial crisis heading into 2021.
Lille are on the verge of losing their star players thanks to a huge debt issue, which has seen the club owner have to give up control of the team to the companies he owes money to.
Renato Sanches has found himself up for sale on the transfer market as a result, and seems more ready than ever before for a move to a top club following his previous run at the top.
Having left Benfica as a wonderkid, Sanches joined Bayern Munich but struggled with the expectation and eyes on him. He found himself out of the national team reckoning and struggling to hit the potential he so clearly had.
A loan move to Swansea City failed miserably before Bayern cut their losses and sold him to Lille. Since his move to France, he has rediscovered his form and a love for the game that has seen him get back into the national team setup and now linked with a top move again.
At 23 years old now though, Sanches seems more ready than ever before for a move.
Reports suggest Liverpool and Arsenal are eyeing up a move for the box-to-box midfielder, with a fee of around €18m likely to be enough to convince the new owners to part ways.
Sanches has great dribbling skill, a willingness to break the lines with his passing and is also strong in the tackle and willing to do the dog-work in midfield. He’s almost a perfect fit stylistically for a Jurgen Klopp side, especially with Gini Wijnaldum set to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.
Arsenal could look to bring him in too, with their need for midfield quality but money is tight for them too and with Mikel Arteta likely to leave the club soon after poor results its unknown what business they’ll be doing in January.
Other European clubs will be circling too, but Sanches has a point to prove in the Premier League and if Liverpool are genuinely interested then there is no club better right now. He fits their style, is young enough to have patience and he will win trophies there.
Sanches could be on his way back to the Premier League, and everyone should be on notice.