The summer merry-go-round has found its way to Anfield with Liverpool fending off Barcelona’s interest in Philippe Coutinho, 25. However, in a sign that the Reds are slowing losing the fight to retain the Brazilian international, Jurgen Klopp has identified Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, 19, as the ideal replacement, according to Bild.
Manchester United and Chelsea have both scouted the youngster and despite the Blues making personal contact with the German club, Antonio Conte fears they are losing the battle to sign Sanches on a two-year loan deal. While the club has Champions League football to offer, their squad is heavy in midfield and on the flanks, despite selling Nemanja Matic, 28, to Manchester United.
The Reds are desperate to retain the services of Coutinho, who has been a revelation since moving to a prime role for the Merseysiders three seasons ago. Paris St Germain are reportedly interested in signing him if they capture Neymar Jr, 26, from Barcelona. That’s by no means certain and Barcelona are confident that they will not only keep the Brazilian international but also add Coutinho to their squad.
Sanches, just a year on from a record-breaking move to Bayern, has the potential to fulfil the same role as Coutinho and it counts heavily in Liverpool’s favour that their squad is not packed with elite players.