Liverpool handed ‘major blow’ in pursuit of Lille’s Renato Sanches
Liverpool linked with Renato Sanches
After Georginio Wijnaldum departed Liverpool on a free transfer this summer, it was not too surprising to see the Reds linked with some midfielders this summer.
One name linked has been that of Lille’s Renato Sanches, with reports earlier this summer suggesting that Liverpool were very interested in him.
Sanches would feature 29 times for Lille last season as they earned a historic Ligue 1 title, ending PSG’s reign of dominance over French football.
The midfielder then featured in all four of Portugal’s Euro 2020 ties over the summer.
Sanches likely staying at Lille
However, news emerging recently has all but put an end to the possibility of Liverpool, or any club, signing Sanches this summer.
As explained by the Mirror:
Liverpool have been handed a major blow in their pursuit of Portuguese star Renato Sanches, after Lille confirmed that the midfielder would be out for six weeks.
The French club took to their official Twitter account to post the news, with Sanches said to have undergone surgery on Monday:
Renato Sanches underwent successful surgery on Monday for a meniscal lesion in his right knee. Our midfielder is doing well.
Renato will be able to start his skincare program this week. The duration of its unavailability, estimated at 6 weeks, will be defined more precisely in the coming weeks. Good recovery Renato!
🔴 Renato Sanches a été opéré ce lundi avec succès d’une lésion méniscale du genou droit. Notre milieu de terrain se porte bien.
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— LOSC (@losclive) August 16, 2021
Is a deal 100 per cent not happening this summer? It has not been confirmed by any reliable sources. But with Sanches expected to be out well past the transfer deadline later this month, it does seem very, very unlikely.
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