Liverpool, Man City and Newcastle in five-club transfer battle for Renato Sanches after career turnaround at Lille

LIVERPOOL, Manchester City and Newcastle are set to battle it out for Renato Sanches, according to reports.

Spanish publication Fichajes claim FIVE clubs are interested in a move for the Lille midfielder next summer.

Barcelona and AC Milan will reportedly rival the Premier League trio for Sanches' signature.

The Portugal star, 24, has revived his career in France after a disastrous audition in England with Swansea.

Sanches flopped during the 2017-18 season on loan from Bayern Munich and went viral after inexplicably passing to an advertising hoarding in a match against Chelsea.

But his stock is on the rise again after becoming one of Portugal's key men and is turning heads in the transfer market once more.

The report claims no offers have yet been submitted but Lille are said to be 'rubbing their hands together' at the thought of cashing in.

Liverpool and City have plenty of numbers in midfield but will be looking to replace the ageing James Milner and Fernandinho.

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Newcastle have been linked with a host of players after their £305m Saudi takeover and Sanches would be a statement signing.

Bayern signed Sanches for £30million in 2016 after beating a number of clubs including Manchester United to the then-Benfica starlet.

Lille signed him in 2019 and he has two years left on his contract.

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