By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool are leading the race to land Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches this summer after beginning talks, according to reports.
On Sunday evening Sky Sports senior correspondent Kaveh Solhekol quoted Sky Italy via his personal Twitter account as saying that the Reds were in talks to bring in the 20-year-old Portugal international.
Sky Italy: Liverpool in talks to sign Renato Sanches. Monaco interested too. Agent Jorge Mendes at Monaco game now (involved in Mbappé deal)
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 27, 2017
Solhekol has now followed up that Tweet on Monday evening while also quoting Sky Italy, stating that Liverpool are the favourites to sign Sanches ahead of both Monaco and Swansea.
Sky in Italy reporting since yesterday three clubs trying to sign Renato Sanches from Bayern – Liverpool (favourites), Monaco and Swansea
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 28, 2017
Sanches only made the switch to Bayern Munich last summer for a big £31.5million fee from Portuguese giants Benfica.
However, he struggled to make an impact in his debut campaign in Germany, playing 26 times in all competitions without returning either a goal or an assist.
But, Sanches was also once regarded as one of Europe’s brightest talents and Jurgen Klopp may feel that he can help the Euro 2016 winner to rediscover his early form.
Football Insider verdict:
Sanches was once considered a huge talent in Europe and if Bayern Munich are considering letting him go then they may be making a decision too early on the youngster. However, that could also be to Liverpool’s gain and with just three days remaining of the window, if they are the favourites to sign the youngster then it would suggest that his future is looking likely to lie at Anfield. If Sanches can return to his pre-Bayern Munich form then he could turn out to be a brilliant signing for Liverpool, similar to when the Reds brought in Philippe Coutinho four years a go and he has come on leaps since.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds are close to reaching an eight-figure transfer agreement with a Premier League club.