Liverpool ‘identify Renato Sanches’ as Georginio Wijnaldum transfer replacement

Liverpool have identified Renato Sanches as a potential replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum.

It comes as the midfielder's contract continues to dwindle down, with it set to expire in the summer of 2021.

Barcelona are the hot favourites to make a move for the former Newcastle star with Ronald Koeman a huge fan.

The Dutchman knows all about Wijnaldum having coached him while in charge of the Netherlands.

The Spanish giants will be able to enter contract talks with the 30-year-old in January over a free transfer in the summer.

It follows months of negotiations between him and Liverpool, but there has yet to be an agreement.

The Reds have not given up hope but they have a contingency plan should Wijnaldum decide to leave the club.

According to Le 10 Sport via Sport Witness, Lille star Sanches is top of the list to replace the ex-PSV star.

The Portugal international shot to fame in 2016 when he was awarded the Golden Boy award with Benfica.

An ill-fated spell at Bayern Munich followed, where he was first introduced to English football through an equally-discouraging loan at Swansea.

But now at the age of 23, the midfielder looks to have ironed out those early frailties and is looking back to his best.

In his first season with Lille, he was inducted into the Ligue 1 team of the season after becoming the main man in north France.

And he has continued that form into this season with Klopp liking the look of the Amadora-born star.

Le 10 Sport report that Sanches' profile particularly appeals to the German manager.

Whether Lille are willing to negotiate remains to be seen but they have been particularly stung by the Covid-19 crisis and could look to sell to make some quick cash.

Meanwhile, Liverpool face Tottenham in the Premier League tonight looking to stamp their authority on the Premier League.

Both teams are tussling at the top and could be an early indication of Spurs' title ambitions.

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