Signed from Bayern Munich for £18m in 2019, Renato Sanches has slowly but surely found his form once again at Lille.
There was a belief he could leave last summer, but the Ligue 1 side stood firm, managing to hold onto their star midfielder for an extra season.
The next few months, however, could be the Portugal international’s last in the north of France, with Arsenal and Milan both reportedly interested in his services going forward.
It’s no secret that the Gunners were after a midfielder during the January transfer window, with multiple stories linking Mikel Arteta’s side to Arthur Melo, but that never materialised.
This means a new recruit is expected in the summer, and Gazzetta dello Sport reckon Arsenal will go after Sanches.
It’s explained the player ‘has been reborn’ of late, ‘exhibiting above-average technical skills’, and attracted the attention of Milan, which has flattered the midfielder, as well as ‘raised the interest of English and Spanish clubs’, with both the Gunners and Barcelona mentioned.
As for his price, it’s believed he is ‘worth around €30m’, which would make him more than affordable for a club of Arsenal’s stature, who have shown an increased willingness to spend of late.
With just one year left on his deal with Lille, that’s pretty much as high as the price tag will go, especially with the Ligue 1 side currently languishing in 11th in their table.