17 Feb 2016

Record Transfer? Liverpool Reps fly out to watch 'wonderful' £47m attacker with stunning €80m buyout clause

With two players already signed for next season, Liverpool are reportedly tracking a third potential signing, and the latest player to enter Jurgen Klopp's transfer radar is Benfica starlet Renato Sanches.

According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo:

* Liverpool sent scouts to watch Sanches during Benfica's 2-1 home defeat to Porto last Friday.

* Arsenal, Chelsea. Man United, Man City, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona also allegedly had scouts present at the game.

Some info about Sanches:

* 18 year old Portuguese midfielder, who can also play as a number-10, or a left winger.

* 2 goals/1 assist in 20 apps for Benfica. 40 apps for various Portugal youth teams.

* Dec 2015: Signed a new contract with a release clause of €80m Euros [£62m] (Expires 2021).

* Despite the release clause, Benfica are reportedly willing to accept £47m for Sanches.

* Prior to Sanches's introduction to the first team (in Oct 2015) Benfica had won just 8 of their opening 14 matches ins all competitions. Since then, Benfica have won 16 out of 19 games, whilst conceding fewer goals, and scoring more.

* Dec 2015: Diego Simeone enthused: "He [Sanches] has a strong shot and good vision for someone in his position. It's always nice to see good young players."

* Dec 2015: After Sanches scored his first goal, Benfica coach Rui Vitória raved: "Renato was wonderful. A first start at Estádio da Luz for a young man is every player's dream. It was a great [full home] debut".

* Report snippet from Benfica scout Jose Pedro Texeira: "He [Sanches] thrilled the audience, but in the end, he spent a lot of time trying to recover his own lost passes. He still lacks tactical intelligence, but it will hopefully learn'.

* Playing style (according to UEFA.com): "Physically strong. Cool under pressure and exudes quality in possession. Knows when to play it simple, when to hold, and when to challenge. Comfortable in a number of roles [including] box-to-box man, holding midfielder or No10".

£47m for an 18-year old with only 20 games of top-flight experience? Give me a break. It's probably safe to predict that this will never happen on Jurgen Klopp's watch, and rightly so - Liverpool should leave the ridiculously extortionate teenager transfers to Manchester United.

Author: Jaimie K

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