Wolves signing this talented 23-year-old Portuguese star would be a useful midfield addition

LISBON, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 07: Renato Sanches of Portugal controls the ball during the international friendly match between Portugal and Spain at Estadio Jose Alvalade on October 7, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

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Why Wolves signing Renato Sanches would be a great move

According to Calciomercato (h/t ESPN), Wolves want to sign Renato Sanches from Lille. The player has attracted their interest after regaining some form over the last season. He had to encounter some difficult spells at Bayern and Swansea before settling down in France.


Renato Sanches is a 23-year-old Portuguese midfielder who plays for Ligue 1 side LOSC Lille. A youth product of Benfica, he joined their academy in 2008. He spent two seasons in the academy before being promoted to the U-15s. His progress kept going as he was being promoted through the age groups.

In 2015, he was promoted to the Benfica ‘B’ side. However, his performances prompted the club to call him up to the senior team that season. He went on to make 35 appearances for the senior side before Bayern Munich came calling.

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COTTBUS, GERMANY – AUGUST 12: Renato Sanches of Muenchen runs with the ball during the DFB Cup first round match between FC Energie Cottbus and FC Bayern Muenchen at Stadion der Freundschaft on August 12, 2019 in Cottbus, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)

While everyone expected him to flourish in Germany after a great season at Benfica, it was quite the opposite. He could only muster 25 appearances across all competitions that season and was subsequently loaned out to Swansea City in the following season.

His struggles continued in England too, with Sanches not being able to reproduce his Benfica form. He managed even lesser game time, with a paltry 15 appearances to his name. After returning to Bayern, he was given his chances that season. In total, he made 53 appearances for the Bavarians, scoring twice and assisting thrice (source – Transfermarkt).

Eventually, he left on a permanent basis to Lille where he somewhat rediscovered his old form. Last season, he featured in 40 games, scoring 5 times. The youngster is quite experienced for his national side too, with 21 appearances to date. He also won the Euro 2016 for them.

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MILAN, ITALY – NOVEMBER 05: Renato Sanches of LOSC Lille competes for the ball with Diaz Brahim of AC Milan during the UEFA Europa League Group H stage match between AC Milan and LOSC Lille at San Siro Stadium on November 5, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Sanches can be a good signing for Wolves

At this point, it is no surprise to see another Portuguese player get linked to Wolves. The club have pretty much built an entire starting XI of them, with maybe just a few exceptions.

For a team that performs rather well in the Premier League, it is surprising that the club have only four recognised central midfielders. It was only recently that the club added Vitinha. The club could actually use someone like Sanches, who is a natural central midfielder.

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The youngster is quite a workhorse and is capable of contributing at both ends of the pitch. He will not only add to the numbers in the middle of the park but also add to the quality. With age and potential on his side, Wolves can benefit a lot from this deal.