By Kevin Campbell

7th Jul, 2021 | 12:46pm

Campbell in awe of 'incredible' Sanches as Liverpool 'close' on reported deal

Kevin Campbell has heaped praise on Lille midfielder Renato Sanches amid interest from Liverpool in his signature.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker claimed the 23-year-old could be the difference for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Premier League title race next season.

According to Portugese-based journalist Pedro Almeida (via the Express 5th July), Liverpool are ‘closing in’ on the signing of Sanches in a deal worth £30million.

A move would see the centre-midfielder return to England for the first time since his failed loan spell at Swansea City in the 2017-18 campaign.

Sanches has two years remaining on his contract at Lille, where he won the Ligue 1 title last season.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if Sanches would be a welcome addition at Anfield, Campbell said:

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“The young man deserves a huge amount of credit for the way he has bounced back. It feels like he has been around for a decade but he is only 23. It is incredible.

He has had to reinvent himself a bit but he is a fantastic player. He is strong, powerful and is a great ball carrier.

“I think would add a different dynamic to that Liverpool midfield. Someone who can power past people. Players bounce off him when he is in the midfield.

“Wijnaldum was a bit different. He was good on the ball, would move it quickly and come up with the occasional goal.

“A powerhouse like Sanches could make Liverpool title challengers again.”

In other news, pundit tells Liverpool to sign player who’s a ‘joy to watch’ after Leeds reveal.