Liverpool are unlikely to sign Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches in the summer transfer window, according to a fresh update from Paul Gorst.
The Lowdown: Liverpool linked with Sanches move
Gini Wijnaldum’s exit to Paris Saint-Germain has heightened the need for a new midfielder to join the Reds this summer, and Sanches has been linked with a move to Anfield.
The 23-year-old enjoyed an excellent Euro 2020 campaign with Portugal prior to their round of 16 exit, and he also won the Ligue 1 title with Lille last season.
The Latest: Journalist plays down interest
Although Sanches would appear to be an exciting option, the Liverpool Echo‘s Gorst has poured cold water on the claims, saying that it is a move which is unlikely to materialise. He outlined:
“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.”
The Verdict: Look for alternatives
However, there are potential downsides to signing him, not least his injury history. Also, as Gorst outlined, his wages in comparison to the current Liverpool squad indicate that he may not be a guaranteed starter – Sanches takes home £51,000 per week, less than half of what Reds midfielders Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Naby Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain earn.
While the Portuguese may have been an eye-catching addition to the squad, it looks as though Jurgen Klopp will need to focus on an alternative option in the middle of the park.
Liverpool simply must sign another midfielder in the coming weeks – not making an addition would be a huge risk, considering that Henderson and Thiago are in their 30s, not to mention Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain being injury-prone.
In other news, Fabrizio Romano has provided a key Liverpool transfer update. Read more here.
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