Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches is definitely leaving Lille, according to club president Oliver Letang via quotes reported by Fabrizio Romano. Letang said that Sanches will be heading to either AC Milan or Paris Saint-Germain.
With that being said, Letang also mentions that there is no full agreement with either club.
“We have still no full agreement with any club – it will be confidential”. pic.twitter.com/ZE8HbdmyRC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 20, 2022
Renato Sanches Race Includes AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain
AC Milan Is a Strong Fit
Milan have been interested in Sanches for quite some time. They have a major need for a midfielder after Franck Kessie joined FC Barcelona this summer. In addition, Milan has seen success with players acquired from Lille, such as Rafael Leao and Mike Maignan.
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The Rossoneri‘s two main midfielders are Sandro Tonali and Ismael Bennacer. Tonali looks to be the future of the midfielder whereas Bennacer is a solid player. Manager Stefano Pioli succeeded with a reliable three-man rotation last season, so he likely wants the same this coming season. Milan have other options in the squad as well, such as Yacine Adli and Tommaso Pobega. Adli, however, can play a more advanced role while Pobega is best suited as a depth option.
Milan have seen some losses this summer and want to bolster their squad after a very successful campaign last season.
Ligue 1 Riches
PSG have plenty of options in the central midfield. This includes Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes, Danilo Pereira, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ander Herrera, Idrissa Gueye, and more. They also have plenty of versatile midfielders that can play centrally or in a more advanced role. Acquiring Sanches will improve the squad, but it also seems like a move to weaken a league rival. Lille defeated PSG for the Ligue 1 crown the season before last.
Either way, however, Sanches is a true talent. He faced growing pains after breaking out very early on in his career, but Sanches is ready for the next step to a major club.