At first, it looked like AC Milan would sign Renato Sanches from Lille for a cut-rate price, but then PSG moved ahead on the deal. It has been weeks, and PSG have not completed a transfer for the 24-year-old. According to reports from L’Equipe, the player is tired of waiting for PSG and could choose AC Milan in the coming days. The former Bayern Munich player has one year left on his deal with Lille and would prefer to leave now. AC Milan wait patiently to see if PSG close the deal. The price is a lowly €10 million which is why it is surprising that PSG have not been able to close a deal!
PSG’s interest in Renato Sanches is driven by former Lille bosses Christophe Galtier and Luis Campos, now at PSG. They aim to sort PSG’s known midfield problems with new recruits. Their quality in the attack and defense is not balanced by their midfield. Marco Verratti is their only reliable performer, and his constant injuries are not helping. Gini Wijnaldum has been a disappointment in France, Idrissa Gueye has not pushed on after a bright start, Ander Herrera is painfully average, and Danilo is Danilo. They need solid players in midfield.
PSG have already signed Vitinha (and Hugo Ekitike). However, the Parisians cannot close deals for other targets like Milan Skriniar, Gianluca Scamacca, and Sanches. Sanches could add muscle, technique, and thrust to PSG’s midfield. He is in the 98th percentile for progressive passes and in the 96th percentile for progressive carries. Long story short, Renato Sanches is one of the most progressive football players in Europe. He drives his teams forward.
With AC Milan losing Franck Kessie to Barcelona, they need a physical profile in their midfield. Tiemoue Bakayoko has struggled in his second stint at the club. Renato Sanches could fill in the Kessie sized hole in their midfield, and he is younger than the Ivorian. He does come with his injury issues, but who ever gets him will be getting a fine gem of a midfielder that could finally fulfill his potential and become one of the world’s best players.