The ace up your sleeve

Saúl gets tough, but Koeman still wants a powerful midfielder. In this scenario appears the option of Renato Sanches, from Lille, who could arrive on loan this season with an option to buy.


Renato Sanches, Portuguese Lille player about to turn 24, is the ace up Barcelona's sleeve to try to reinforce its midline in the event that the exchange between Griezmann and Saúl, which gets complicated with each passing day , is not completed.

What is clear is that Ronald Koeman wants to reinforce his midfield with a powerful, dynamic player, with a good shot and a physical profile. Renato fits this profile and could also be a short-term business opportunity.

Jorge Mendes, agent of the Portuguese, could mediate so that the footballer could arrive this next season at Barcelona on loan, but with a mandatory purchase option, which would allow for the moment to alleviate the economic situation of the club while waiting for the return of the public and the normalization of the situation after the pandemic, Barça could recover.

Renato has played last season in Lille, where he has won Ligue1 and has been one of Portugal's most outstanding footballers in the Eurocup, but he would still be willing by sources close to the footballer to take the step of going to Camp Nou.

Formed in the lower categories of Benfica, the Portuguese was the great sensation of the European Championship in France with Portugal five years ago, which earned him a signing for Bayern Munich when he was only 19 years old. The experience did not go well and after a loan to Swansea, he ended up at Lille where he has once again shown his best level.

Faced with Koeman's insistence on hiring a midfielder on his way and arrival because he could not sign Wijnaldum and Saúl becomes complicated, Renato appears as a more than attractive option.

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