Premier League giants Arsenal are considering a summer swoop for Lille star Renato Sanches, according to media reports.
Arteta eyeing reinforcements
The subject of the attacking midfield spot at the Emirates has taken centre stage in the media chatter on the back of the 2020/21 campaign coming to a close.
This comes with Arsenal having struggled for central creativity throughout much of a disappointing season.
The eventual emergence of Emile Smith Rowe of course proved a huge plus, whilst Martin Odegaard did a solid if unspectacular job following his loan arrival during the January window.
Mikel Ateta, however, is evidently of the opinion that his side remains in need of another spark.
This, in turn, led the board in North London to sanction a big-money swoop for Norwich City star Emi Buendia at the beginning of the month.
In the end, however, Arsenal were somewhat surprisingly beaten to the Argentine’s signature by Premier League rivals Aston Villa.
Lille star eyed
If the latest word doing the rounds in the European media is anything to go by, though, then it appears that the Gunners’ search for creative reinforcements remains very much alive.
And the latest name to be pushed in the press as a potential addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad? Renato Sanches.
As per a report from 90Min, ‘well placed sources close to the player have told 90min that he is ready to prove himself in the Premier League’.
In turn, Arsenal have entered the fray, joining English top-flight rivals Liverpool in the hunt for Sanches’ signature. The Gunners are already thought to have made contact with Lille to gather information on the 23-year-old, with a bid now potentially in the offing.
Sanches, who has impressed at this summer’s European Championships with Portugal, is expected to be made available by Lille for the right price.
This comes with the midfield talent having managed starts in just 14 of Les Dogues’ Ligue 1 fixtures last season, en route to displacing Paris Saint-Germain at the summit of French football.
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