Journalist makes bold claim: “I was told if Milan makes an offer in January, Renato Sanches leaves”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan could have the chance to land Renato Sanches from Lille in January in an economically advantageous deal, according to one journalist. spoke with Enrico Boiani of Radio Rossonera about the situation surrounding Sanches, who has been extensively linked with Milan in particular by La Gazzetta dello Sport over the past 48 hours.

Boiani states that the Portuguese international is ‘not the most suitable to replace Kessie’ from a profile point of view but he could be ‘a great market opportunity, too big not to take advantage of’.

His deal will expire in 2023 so Lille are already lining up a potential sale and he could bolster the midfield department from a numerical point of view, given he can play in a double pivot just fine.

The journalist adds: “From France I was told if Milan makes an offer in January, Renato Sanches leaves. Kessie is destined to become just a memory, the parties are too distant and nailed to their respective positions.

“For Renato Sanches, maybe it will be necessary to shell out at least €25m, but a salary of 5.5 million [gross] is affordable. I made this consideration: last year we always said that Kessie dominated against any midfield, the only time he didn’t happen was against Lille and in front of him was Renato Sanches.

“It is a match that I remember well and that confirmed to me how much the Portuguese player is of the highest quality. In reality, I fear it will only remain an illusion. Milan have not recently signed established players, but only players to grow and explode. Let’s say that I wouldn’t be surprised if next year’s midfield were made up of Bennacer, Tonali, Bakayoko, Pobega and Adli.”

READ MORE: Milan’s strategy for January dependant on existing players – Maldini and Massara’s plan

Tags AC Milan Renato Sanches
Serie A Standings

Live football scores . Current table, fixtures & results.