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Arsenal in pursuit of Renato Sanches

Gunners’ director of football, Edu – a former player, is reportedly in discussions with Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches, who was linked with a move to fierce rivals Tottenham in the summer.

Sanches who plays for French Ligue 1 title holders Lille is a player who is in demand around Europe, particularly after some impressive displays for Portugal at the European Championship last summer.

Capable of both scoring goals and proving assists, his highly energetic approach makes him a tricky opponent to attack against as well, with the former Benfica man capable of tracking back.

Arsenal in pursuit of Renato Sanches

Would Sanches suit Arsenal?

Under manager Mikael Arteta, Arsenal fans have witnessed somewhat of a revival after a concerning start to the season.

A turnaround in fortune has seen highly promising youngsters impress for Arteta, while the ‘old guard’ of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have also found their shooting boots.

However, that is not to say that, despite spending in excess of £130 million in the summer, that further additions to the squad wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Sanches certainly represents the type of player who would be ideal for Arsenal, who have long struggled in the centre of the pitch, arguably, ever since Edu himself donned the red and white of the Gunners.

It seems then that the Brazilian is ideally placed to find the right type of midfielder and in Sanches he may have done just that.

The Portugal international may also appear to be keen on a move, recently stating: “Maybe Milan and Arsenal are interested but I do not know.

“I spoke with my agent, I know which clubs are calling and which are now, but I can’t tell now. But I know I’m ready. If an offer comes in, I’ll see what’s best for me.”

Sanches would likely command a fee that is at least £40 million, regardless of what transfer window that this is in, though, in time, he could prove to be a bargain. Arsenal will likely also look to take advantage of the perilous financial situation at the French club who need the money due to the effects of the global pandemic.

The style of play that Arteta has implemented at Arsenal would certainly suit Sanches and this could be a coup should it come off.

 

Any other business?

It has already been reported that Arsenal are keen to offload strikers Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah in January, in addition to goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who has struggled for game time since the arrival of Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United in the summer.

This would leave at least one vacancy in attack though it remains to be seen whether Arteta would be keen to bring a new striker in, though links persist to Fiorentina’s hotshot Serbia international striker, Dusan Vlahovic who is thought to be highly rated in Italy.