Barcelona are interested in signing Renato Sanches from Lille.
According to Spanish news outlet Diario AS, the Catalonian club are chasing the Portuguese’s signature to bolster their midfield.
If the reported swap deal with Atletico Madrid for Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann doesn’t come off, Barca will turn their attention to Sanches.
He is a versatile and dynamic midfielder who fits the bracket of what Ronald Koeman is looking for.
The failure to land prime target Georginio Wijnaldum has forced Barca to look elsewhere this summer.
Jorge Mendes, Sanches’ agent, could negotiate a loan deal with an obligation to buy, which would alleviate Barcelona’s economic situation.
The Spanish club are in a financial crisis and need to comply with La Liga’s regulations regarding salary caps.
They have been forced to slash their wage bill to accommodate Lionel Messi’s new five-year contract, leaving the club with work to do to comply with the new rules.
Sanches was a crucial player for Portugal at the European Championships, delivering fantastic performances.
He built on a stellar season with Lille that saw him play an integral role as they secured the Ligue 1 title.
Sanches was named in France Football’s best XI for the first quarter of the campaign, alongside fellow Portugal international Jose Fonte.
The 23-year-old has the world at his feet and is finally developing into one of Europe’s finest midfielders.
If Barcelona can sign him on loan, it would be a fantastic deal for both parties.
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