Barcelona ‘eye shock move for Lille’s Renato Sanches’ after his impressive displays at Euro 2020… but LaLiga side will struggle to finance a deal as they try to knock £156m off their wage bill
- Barcelona are interested in a move for Lille star Renato Sanches this summer
- The Portugal midfielder helped Lille beat PSG to the Ligue 1 title last season
- He excelled on the international stage with Portugal at Euro 2020 this summer
- Barcelona will have to fend off interest from Premier League giants Liverpool
Barcelona are eyeing a move for Lille star Renato Sanches after an impressive Euro 2020 campaign with Portugal, according to Le10Sport.
The 23-year-old reportedly caught the LaLiga giants’ attention after excelling on the international stage alongside Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
However, Barcelona will have to fend off interest from the likes of Liverpool to secure the midfielder’s signature.
Barcelona are interested in a move for Lille star Renato Sanches (above) this summer
Sanches rebuilt his career in France after leaving Bayern Munich in 2019 following a disastrous loan spell with Swansea in the 2017-2018 campaign.
He went on to play an important part in Lille’s shock Ligue 1 title win last season and excelled on the European stage at this summer’s European Championship.
As a result, Lille are eager to cash in on their star player – who has also attracted interest from Premier League giants Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly looking to sign Sanches in a bid to strength his midfield following Georginio Wijnaldum’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Portugal midfielder helped Lille beat PSG to the Ligue 1 title last season (above)
The 23-year-old excelled on the international stage with Portugal at Euro 2020 this summer
Whoever signs Sanches will have to pay a premium price, with the French side have a reputation for selling their best players for big fees.
This is likely to be a huge stumbling block for Barcelona due to the current financial crisis at the club.
The Catalan club are in a difficult spot after exceeding LaLiga’s strict salary limit by a whopping 40 per cent.
According to Spanish radio station RAC 1, Barcelona’s limit was £296m (€347m) last year and now it’s £136m (€160m).
Lille are now said to be open to cashing in on the energetic midfielder over the summer
Barca will have to fend off interest from Jurgen Klopp and Premier League giants Liverpool
They now need to wipe an astonishing £156m off their existing wage bill to be within an acceptable bracket.
This could prevent them from making a move for Sanches, who beat the likes of Marcus Rashford, Kingsley Coman and Ousmane Dembele to win the European Golden Boy award in 2017.
Nevertheless, Barcelona will reportedly explore the option of tabling an offer for the 23-year-old before the new season starts in August.
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