Renato Sanches: Liverpool boss Klopp names Portuguese midfielder as a replacement for Wijnaldum

Renato Sanches: Liverpool boss Klopp names Portuguese midfielder as a replacement for Wijnaldum

- Renato Sanches is attracting attention from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

- The German boss is hoping to sign the midfielder as a replacement for Wijnaldum

- The Dutchman is a top target for Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman next summer

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly found a replacement for Barcelona target Georginio Wijnaldum ahead of the January transfer window.

The Dutch midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou since the arrival of Ronald Koeman in the summer.

Though the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic forced the Catalans to hold off on their quest to sign the 30-year-old, the manager has now stepped up his bid for the Reds star.

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Wijnaldum will be free to speak with the Spanish League outfit from next month with his current deal with the Anfield outfit set to expire at the end of this season.

Renato Sanches: Liverpool boss Klopp names Portuguese midfielder as a replacement for Wijnaldum
Renato Sanches trying to beat Stade Brest players in their Ligue 1 action. Photo by Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport.
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Klopp has revealed earlier this campaign that he is not planning to let his key player leave any time soon, but his refusal to pen an extension might mean he is in his last season at the club.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Sanches broke into the limelight during his time at Portuguese club Benfica won the prestigious Golden Boy award the following year.

He was also a part of Fernando Santos' team that conquered Europe four years ago after lifting the continental silverware in France.

The midfielder could not replicate his performances for Bayern Munich after joining them in 2016 and was offloaded to Lille last year as reported by UK Metro.

During his three-year reign at the Allianz Stadium, he spent one year on loan at Swansea was did not live up to expectation at the Liberty Stadium.

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However, the 23-year-old has been able to revive his career in France and this has begun to attract attention from the Premier League defending champions.

French news outlet Le 10 Sport reports that Klopp has been an admirer of the Portugal international and believes he will be the ideal addition to his squad if Wijnaldum leaves.

The German boss said after his side's 1-1 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion last month that he would be delighted if the midfielder stays back at Anfield beyond next summer.

"I would be happy if he would stay here. I am pretty happy with Gini. You can see that when you see most of the line-ups!
"He always played good, that’s why he played so many games. And he has played plenty of positions, different positions.
"He’s in a good moment, thank God! Long may it continue. There is nothing else to say about it. As long as nothing is decided, then everything is possible. I’m positive."

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Tension for Jurgen Klopp as Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman set to sign Liverpool midfielder earlier reported that Real Madrid are prepared to launch a bid for Liverpool midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum who is also being trailed by rivals Barcelona and Italian giants Inter Milan.

The Dutch star is already in the final year of his contract and reports from Spain have it that Madrid are now keen on signing the 30-year-old. Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is hoping to have another option in his midfield.

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