Renato Sanches’ proposed move to Liverpool was ‘cancelled’ after the player suffered an injury, Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida has claimed.
The Portugal midfielder played the full 90 minutes in Lille’s Ligue 1 opener against Metz, but hasn’t featured since after sustaining a meniscal injury. It has been reported that the 24-year-old faces being sidelined for a ‘sizeable chunk of the first half of the season’.
That was one of the reasons why Wolverhampton Wanderers called off a loan move for Sanches, although the financial demands involved in the deal also played a part (via Tim Spiers).
Why might Liverpool have wanted Sanches?
Sanches caught the eye with his performances at the European Championship in the summer even as Portugal’s title defence ended in the Round of 16. He was hailed as ‘terrific’ by Jermaine Jenas as he shone in a 2-2 group stage draw with France.
Signing the £27m-rated Sanches could have bolstered Liverpool’s midfield ranks in the wake of Georginio Wijnaldum’s departure, but it transpired that the Reds’ only summer signing was the £36m move for centre-back Ibrahima Konate.
Liverpool fans weigh in on Sanches claim
In light of Almeida’s claim, which hinted that Sanches may have been close to signing for Liverpool, plenty of Kopites gave their reactions via Twitter. One of them drew comparisons with Nabil Fekir, who looked set to move to Anfield in 2018 before the move collapsed, with reports of a failed medical amid a lingering knee injury (talkSPORT).
“Of course this had to come up”
“January it is then”
“We will be claiming all the dead deals now. PR spin.”
“Big cap!!! FSG PR machine is unreal loool”
In other news, Liverpool are in the frame for a massive transfer.
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