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Jorge Mendes offers 24-year-old midfielder to Barcelona – Reports

Spanish giants Barcelona have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Lille midfielder Renato Sanches. The Portugal international is said to be keen to join one of Europe’s top clubs in the near future.

According to El Nacional, Renato Sanches’ agent Jorge Mendes has informed Barcelona of the player’s availability in the ongoing winter transfer window. Barcelona president Joan Laporta is said to be a big fan of the 24-year-old midfielder.

Renato Sanches rose to prominence for his performances for the Portugal national team at Euro 2016. He helped his country win the tournament and won the Young Player of the Tournament award in that competition.

Bayern Munich signed the Benfica midfielder in a € 35million deal in the summer of 2016. After experiencing a difficult first term with the German club, Sanches was loaned out. the entire season at former Premier League club Swansea City (2017/18).

Sanches has struggled to keep up with the speed and physicality of the Premier League on loan with Swansea. He only made 15 appearances for the club in all competitions before returning to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2018.

He was sold to French club Lille in the summer of 2019 for € 25 million. Renato Sanches has managed to rejuvenate his career during his time with the French club. He has made 75 appearances and scored six goals in all competitions for Lille in his two and a half seasons with the club. He helped Lille win the Ligue 1 title last season.

Sanches’s impressive performances for Lille earned him a place in Portugal’s squad for Euro 2020 last summer. His energetic performances for Portugal caught the attention of a number of top European clubs last summer.

Barcelona were reportedly interested in signing the midfielder but the deal fell through. The Catalan giants are rumored to be unwilling to match Lille’s € 35million asking price for the Portugal international. Reports suggest the La Liga club have been offered the opportunity to sign Renato Sanches during the current transfer window.

Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez is said to be skeptical of the 24-year-old’s ability to consistently produce the goods at the highest level. The club are however eager to sign a box-to-box midfielder and could therefore resume their pursuit of Renato Sanches.

Lille are said to be on the verge of reducing the asking price for Renato Sanches due to their dire financial situation. Barcelona sent Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho on loan at Aston Villa for the remainder of the season. The departure of the former Liverpool star will help free up the funds Barcelona need to sign Renato Sanches.

🚨 Barcelona are ready to join Arsenal in the race to sign Lille midfielder Renato Sanches. Sanches has become a “priority signing” for Xavi as he hopes to make a few more additions in a bid to move up the La Liga table. (Source: ELEVEN)

Barcelona linked with transfer of Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita

Jorge Mendes offers 24-year-old midfielder to Barcelona – Reports
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Barcelona could cool their interest in Lille midfielder Renato Sancho and focus on Liverpool star Naby Keita. According to El Nacional, Barcelona are preparing a decision for the 26-year-old.

Naby Keita has had to settle for a small role at Anfield this season. The former RB Leipzig star made just nine Premier League appearances for the club in the 2021-22 campaign and has scored two goals.

Although he has played better this season, Keita is currently behind Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain in the pecking order at Liverpool. Reports suggest the Guinea international may be looking to move away from Liverpool during the ongoing transfer window.

Keita could be available at a reduced price as his contract with Liverpool is set to expire in the summer of 2023.

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