AC Milan is interested in signing Arsenal and Barcelona target Renato Sanches. The midfielder’s contract with Lille runs out in the summer of 2022 and he has reportedly refused to sign a new one.
The Portuguese were touted as one of the upcoming stars during his time at Bayern Munich. However, injuries and inconsistent performances led him to serve a loan spell at Swansea City. He was eventually sold to Lille in 2019.
Since then, Sanches has made 79 appearances in all competitions for the French club, scoring six goals and assisting eight.
AC Milan, meanwhile, is looking for a potential replacement for midfielder Franck Kessie. The Ivory Coast international is in the final six months of his contract and has reportedly refused to sign a new one. If Kessie leaves at the end of the season, Milan could push for Sanches.
According to the report, they will look to offer around €30 million for the Portuguese. However, they will face tough competition from not only Arsenal and Barcelona but also Liverpool.
Central Midfield Position Players Limited in Arsenal
While Renato Sanches could be a good signing, he will only be available in the summer. Arsenal is looking for midfield options in the January transfer window.
They have been heavily linked with Juventus’ Arthur Melo but those reports seem to have subsided for now. Bruno Guimaraes of Olympique Lyonnais is another option who the Gunners are interested in. The Brazilian has attracted interest from other Premier League clubs like Newcastle United as well.
Another midfielder the Gunners could sign in January is Paris Saint-Germain’s Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutch international is reportedly interested in joining the Gunners as well. However, he has attracted interest from rivals Tottenham Hotspur who are trying to include him in a swap deal for Tanguy Ndombele.
Arsenal currently has a minor crisis in this position. Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey are suspended after picking up red cards in the EFL Cup. Mohamed Elneny is yet to return from AFCON, where he is playing for Egypt. Sambi Lokonga is currently the only proper central midfielder the Gunners have.
Even when all these players are available, the Gunners might want to add some better quality than Xhaka and Elneny. Hence, it will be interesting to see if they are able to sign any of the midfielders they are keenly monitoring.