Transfer News: Liverpool urged to sign Renato Sanches by Kevin Campbell
Sanches, just 23 years of age, has already had quite the roller-coaster of a career. Having burst onto the scenes as a teenager at SL Benfica, the midfielder stole the show at UEFA Euro 2016, leading to a transfer to Bayern Munich. However, things did not pan out for the Portuguese international in Germany, leading to a loan spell at Swansea City, which also bombed.
However, since signing for Lille in the summer of 2019, Sanches has slowly been able to build his confidence back up and get things back on track. Indeed, the midfielder was a key performer as Les Dogues went on to pull off a shock Ligue 1 title triumph in 2020/21 while he impressed heavily with Portugal in the Euros as well.
This has put him on the radars of top clubs like Liverpool, with the Reds in the market for a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum. In fact, Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida went as far as claiming that Sanches to Liverpool was almost done. (h/t Express)
Amidst these speculations, Campbell has urged the Reds to make sure that Sanches is signed, as he could turn them into title contenders next season.
“It feels like he has been around for a decade but he is only 23. It is incredible. He has had to reinvent himself a bit but he is a fantastic player. He is strong, powerful and is a great ball carrier. I think would add a different dynamic to that Liverpool midfield. Someone who can power past people.
“Players bounce off him when he is in the midfield. Wijnaldum was a bit different. He was good on the ball, would move it quickly and come up with the occasional goal. A powerhouse like Sanches could make Liverpool title challengers again.”
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Sanches, if he is able to maintain this level, would certainly be a brilliant addition to the Liverpool squad. As Campbell claims, the Portuguese would offer something different to the Reds’ midfield with his ball-carrying qualities as well as playmaking abilities.