Arsenal are apparently willing to compete with Liverpool for Renato Sanches, a Lille and Portugal midfielder.
Last season, the 23-year-old enjoyed a reasonably successful season with Lille, who won Ligue 1. Sanches’ performance at Euro 2020 was equally impressive, as he was one of Portugal’s top players there. As a result, his stock has risen, causing Liverpool and Arsenal to take note.
Arsenal have identified the Portuguese as a prospective signing and are interested in bringing him to the Emirates ahead of next season, according to sources in L’Equipe (via Sport Witness). Liverpool has expressed an interest in the youngster as well.
Sanches joined Lille for €25 million in 2019, and Arsenal may find it difficult to match that price given the current market conditions.
Sanches spent a year at Swansea City in the Premier League. His time with the Welsh club, on the other hand, was a disappointment. He only appeared in 12 league games with them, and he did not score or assist in any of them.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta faces a difficult assignment in returning the team to the Premier League’s elite echelons after finishing seventh last season. Renato Sanches’ signing could be a step in the right direction.
Renato Sanches. This kid has had some career and he's only 23. From Golden boy to Bayern to struggling at Swansea to winning the title at Lille to balling at EURO 2020.— EUROs Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 28, 2021
You have to appreciate the mentality. It's not how far you fall, it's how far you can bounce back. #POR pic.twitter.com/W8dAEBQSYv
Mikel Arteta will succeed at Arsenal, according to Cesc Fabregas.
Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has backed Arteta to be successful at Arsenal.
“He’s a football fanatic,” says the narrator. He’s well-aware of what he’s doing. He’s made up his mind on where he wants to go. Even now, if you speak to some of the players, they will tell you how much they enjoy playing under him, how well the training sessions go, how well they feel prepared and how well they know what they’re doing,” Fabregas told talkSPORT.
Fabregas went on to call Arteta “the man who will carry this team ahead,” adding:
“He was extremely fortunate to have spent so much time with Pep, I’m not sure how many years, but it was like excellent preparation for a young coach.”
I mean, if I had the opportunity to pursue something like that, I believe I would jump at it because it’s like getting a master’s degree while still in high school.
“It’s a difficult task, it really is [because of] where he got the club and where Arsenal’s goal should be, but I think Edu and the board believe in him, and maybe he can be the man to take this squad ahead.”