Moutinho heir apparent: Wolves must swoop for £22m beast who “can make the difference” – opinion

November 11, 2020

Wolves a planning a January swoop for another one of Jorge Mendes’ clients, according to emerging reports…

What’s the word?

Having endured a tough ride whilst on loan at Swansea City in 2017/18, Lille midfielder Renato Sanches could be gifted another opportunity in the Premier League with the Midlands targeting a move for him in the next window.

That’s what has been reported by Calciomercato, who claim Wolves want to sign the 21-cap international, who only joined the Ligue 1 outfit in a €25m (£22m) deal last summer.

Wolves have as many as nine Portuguese players at the club on top of being managed by one too, Nuno Santo, so the 23-year-old would feel right at home at Molineux.

Moutinho heir?

Despite failing to make the cut at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, Sanches has started to make a name for himself in France.

Last season in the league, the young midfielder averaged 2.6 dribbles, 1.8 key passes and 1.6 shots per game, via WhoScored. These are figures that Nuno’s current options, namely Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho have struggled to match in the top-flight this term.

Neither player has even recorded a dribble during the 2020/21 campaign whilst Sanches is managing way more attempts at goal than Moutinho (0.3), and he’s supposed to be the creative outlet in the engine room.

Perhaps Nuno is eyeing up his long-term heir already, especially as the veteran has recently turned 34. It’s not often players can keep up with the demands of the Premier League past this age – only stars like David Silva are an exception and you could argue that the Spaniard is on a different level to Moutinho.

Once a nominee of the Golden Boy award in 2016, Sanches has been compared to both Edgar Davids and Clarence Seedorf in terms of playing style.

Former Bayern teammate Niklas Sule once claimed that he was always “the best player in training” and that he is someone “who can make the difference” whilst Lille skipper Jose Fonte believes he’s “huge” and can go onto have very very great career at the highest level.”

Now valued at just £18m by Transfermarkt, Sanches could be a bargain upgrade to a Wolves midfield that is in dire need of some fresh impetus.

AND in other news, Wolves could’ve signed Jimenez’s perfect partner in £36m-rated next Mbappe…

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