Wolves ‘set’ to sign reported Liverpool target on loan

Date published: Monday 30th August 2021 9:55 - Lewis Oldham


Wolves are “set” to sign Lille midfielder Renato Sanches on loan for the 2021/22 season after he was linked with Liverpool earlier this summer, according to reports.

The 24-year-old was highly rated when he broke through at Benfica. This led to him signing for Bayern Munich for around €35m in 2016.

With game time hard to come by, Sanches joined Swansea City on loan in 2017. He struggled in the Premier League as he only played 12 times.

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Sanches has recovered since then, though, as he has rebuilt his career in Ligue 1 with Lille.

Liverpool have been linked with the midfielder during this summer transfer window.

But talkSPORT presenter Alex Crook has reported that Sanches is “set to join” Wolves before the 23:00 deadline on Tuesday:

Elsewhere, Graeme Souness has suggested that Paul Pogba’s challenge on Ruben Neves on Sunday was a “leg-breaker”:

“It is a foul. Pogba doesn’t make any contact with the ball whatsoever. He made contact with the shin and the shinguard.

“How is it not a foul? That’s a leg-breaker. The referee is not blind-sided by anything, he’s two metres away from it. Whether Neves goes down immediately or doesn’t go down, that is immaterial. That is a leg-breaker. Look how close he is.

“That referee has deemed that not to be a foul. That’s impossible for anyone who knows anything about football to say that’s not a foul. He’s two yards away.

“He’s nowhere near the ball. It’s more than worrying. It’s alarming when a so-called senior referee doesn’t see that as a foul.”

Roy Keane added: “The real frustration for Wolves is that they’ve played really well and still lost the game. It rubs salt into the wounds. We all like the physical part of the game, but today I think that was a foul.

“Usually, when a poor decision is made we talk about the referee’s position but [Mike Dean] is in a great position. There was contact and I think it was a foul. Their biggest frustration is that they’ve lost the game.

“If he gives that as a foul, not one Manchester United player would’ve complained. Most fouls come from a bad touch, and Pogba took a bad touch there. He’s chasing after it but I think Neves could’ve been a bit smarter.”

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