Arsenal ‘competition for the signature of Renato Sanches’ after Barcelona make the Lille midfielder a ‘priority signing’ for January
- Arsenal are targeting a move for Renato Sanches during the January window
- The Portugal midfielder will be allowed to leave Lille if a ‘big club’ comes in
- However, the Gunners are likely to face competition for his signature this month
Arsenal are set to receive fierce comeptition in their bid to lure Lille midfielder Renato Sanches to the Emirates this month.
The Portugal international has reinvented himself with the Ligue 1 outfit after a dip in his career, which included an ill-fated loan spell with Swansea City.
His club have confirmed that they are willing to let the Euro 2016 winner leave for a big club, should a suitable offer emerge this month.
Renato Sanches is a top target for Arsenal this winter, but they face competition for the player
‘If an offer from a big club arrives, he can leave,’ Lille president Olivier Letang stated back in October.
That had led to reports that Arsenal had been given the go ahead to complete a move for Sanches, with a fee of around £25million reported by French broadcaster Telefoot.
However, reports in Portugal have now suggested the north London side are not the only ones sniffing around for his signature.
Barcelona have reportedly made the Portugal international a ‘priority target’ in the window
According to ELEVEN, as reported by the Mirror, Barcelona have singled Sanches out as a ‘priority signing’.
The Spanish outfit have already made their first signing of the window having finally secured a move for Ferran Torres from Manchester City.
Manager Xavi is looking for more additions however, with his side languishing in fifth in the table – 15 points behind league leaders and rivals Real Madrid.
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