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Barcelona in advanced talks to bring Lille midfielder Renato Sanches

The Spanish giants are reportedly keeping a close eye on many midfielders across the Europe.

The reports in Spain suggested that Barcelona are in advanced talks to bring Lille midfielder Renato Sanches.

The Portugal international joined Lille from Bayern Munich for a fee in the region of 20 million euros in August 2019. His contract expires in the summer of 2023.

The midfielder registered one goal and four assists in 29 appearances across all competitions last season.

Renato Sanches
Renato Sanches

The 23-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in Portugal. As a member of Portugal national football team, Sanches won 30 caps and he scored two goals.

Renato Sanches will be high in demand this summer, with him having enjoyed a sublime season for Lille last term.

Ronald Koeman wants to sign a new midfielder and Sanches is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. Koeman is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this summer.

Barcelona have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within Europe, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential.


The Spanish giants are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.

The Portugal international will offer the Barcelona boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections.

According to the report, “Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is eager to add a new midfielder to his squad. Barça’s midfield trio was formed by Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Pedri last season. Koeman wants a different profile of player but he also knows he needs another body because he the season is long and he can’t play the same three players all year again. As such, Lille midfielder Renato Sanches is on his radar. Sport says the interest is so real in fact that Barca president Joan Laporta and agent Jorge Mendes have recently met with Olivier Letang, Lille’s general director, to sound out a deal. They have discussed whether a loan, a transfer or a loan with an obligation to buy next year would be possible.”


If Barca are genuinely interested, a deal would not be impossible to complete.

Renato Sanches ideal fit for Barcelona?

Renato Sanches stands as an excellent option for Barcelona.

The 23-year-old is certainly a player that would strengthen the current Barcelona squad and would be a good buy in the summer transfer window.

Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Barcelona.

Barcelona fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.

It will be interesting to see if Barcelona make their move for the 23-year-old in the coming weeks.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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