Spurs face Arsenal for Ligue 1 beast

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Tottenham Hotspur are in the race to sign Renato Sanches…

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According to Spanish media AS, Spurs will face fierce rivals Arsenal for the 24-year-old’s signing in January, with Barcelona’s LaLiga side also being mentioned with interest. The two clubs in north London are said to be “submerged” in an attempt to secure him.

It remains to be seen what kind of fresh, if any, Lille would attempt in a sale, especially in the middle of the season as they appear to be setting up a futile Ligue 1 title defense as they sit in 11th position, though. that Transfermarkt values ​​Portugal’s 32 -Cap international at £ 27million.

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Shades of Dembélé

Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy is used to dealing with Gestifute, the agency run by famed super-agent Jorge Mendes, having signed or appointed Matt Doherty, Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo, and has been linked to many others.

However, the arrival of Sanches would be top of the pack, as the young midfielder has become an elite revolutionary talent after questionable stints at Bayern Munich and Swansea City.

Last season the box-to-box beast played a vital role in their Ligue 1 triumph and this continued through the summer with Portugal at Euro 2020, when they made three group matches. and their loss in the round of 16 against Belgium.

An average of 4.6 total dribbles, 2.6 tackle attempts, 1.7 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.1 steals every 90 minutes (via WhoScored) over his short career to date suggests that Sanches is quite capable of influencing a game at either end of the pitch, and that kind of defensive intelligence and ability to move the ball forward might have some similarities to that of Mousa Dembele during his time in N17.

Meanwhile, the Euro 2020 official website hailed him as one of Portugal’s biggest positives during the tournament, around five years after winning the Golden Boy Trophy and securing some pretty high comparisons with Xabi Alonso. .

Indeed, Bundesliga.com once compared him to Clarence Seedorf, who was largely cut from the same cloth – “A box-to-box midfielder with the strength of a WWE heavyweight and the nimble feet of a ballet dancer, ”they wrote.

Elsewhere, Mastiff chairman Oliver Letang calls the midfielder a “complete athlete” because of his strength, endurance and speed, and his ability to have the ball on his feet.

“A first-rate traveling playmaker. Real Renato is back! scout claimed Jacek kulig in summer too.

Based on the above evidence, sporting director Fabio Paratici may well uncover a new Dembele for Spurs at Sanches who would be a powerful and solid addition to Antonio Conte’s midfield.

AND in other news, the Spurs source is releasing a major behind-the-scenes update at Hotspur Way, Conte will fulminate …



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