By Paul Robinson

11th Jul, 2021 | 1:11pm

Robinson hails 'top-class' Liverpool signing that's 'almost done' after Sanches update

Paul Robinson is worried that Liverpool “don’t have the finances to invest” in a new midfielder to replace Georginio Wijnaldum.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England goalkeeper claimed that Renato Sanches would be a “top-class” signing but that Liverpool missed a trick by not tying Wijnaldum down to a new deal.

Portuguese journalist Pedro Almedia (via the Express on 5th July) claimed that a £30million deal for the 23-year-old Lille midfielder is ‘almost done’.

The 30-cap Portugal international has two years remaining on his deal in northern France.

Wijnaldum signed for Paris Saint-Germain, the team Lille deposed as Ligue 1 champions in 2020-21, on a free transfer in June after five years at Anfield.

Robinson claims that it was a blunder for Liverpool to let the Dutchman go in the first place.

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“I think they need to replace Wijnaldum,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“We’ve seen the injury problems that Liverpool have had this year and he has really been one of their mainstays.

“You see his performances and the goals he’s got in the Euros, he’s going to be a real miss for Liverpool.

“I think Sanches can do that job. He’s a top-class player. But you look at Liverpool and you worry that they don’t have the finances to invest.

“I personally think they have missed a real trick by not signing Wijnaldum to a new deal.

“The length of the contract was the reason that’s been speculated that they didn’t re-sign him. But at his age and his fitness, there was no reason not to give him that length of contract.

“He’s a player that you’ll need to spend a fair amount of money to replace. So it would have been a better business decision and financial decision because you’re not going to get a better player.

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