Arsenal made an attempt to sign Renato Sanches from Lille over the summer, although the Ligue 1’s asking price appears to have put them off.

Fresh off winning Ligue 1 with Christophe Galtier at the helm, the French club were prepared to let their star go, but only at the right price.

That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who report the Gunners, wanting to bolster their squad over the summer, ‘knocked on the door of the French club’, who were asking for €35m to let their star player go.

‘No way’ appeared to be Arsenal’s response to that, although Sanches himself is now looking for a way out, as he has ‘decided to turn the page’ and ‘in harmony with his agent Jorge Mendes, is looking around’ and already has his ‘suitcases ready’.

There’s no mention of whether or not Lille’s asking price for Sanches has changed at all over the past few months, but the player’s desire to leave could force them to accept a lower price.

We’ll have to wait and see about that, but if Arsenal are now aware of him ‘dying to finally prove it in a big club’, it could be the golden opportunity to get him.

They’ll have to make do with a fair bit of competition, but if it comes down to money, we all know Premier League clubs have an advantage over the competition.