Arsenal have reportedly encountered a big blow in pursuit of LOSC Lille midfielder Renato Sanches as per the report in Football Italia.
The 24-years-old joined the French club back in 2019 from Bayern Munich. The Portuguese has had a fair share of success during his time at Stade Pierre Mauroy. The midfielder aided his side in winning the Ligue 1 title last season.
Previous reports were suggesting that Arsenal were keen on signing Renato Sanches. And Mikel Arteta’s number one choice to strengthen their midfield was the 24-years-old.
However, as per the report in Football Italia. AC Milan have now leapfrogged the Gunners in pursuit of the highly-rated midfielder. The Rossoneri have reportedly agreed upon a fee worth €20 million with Les Dogues which will raise to €25 million, including bonuses.
The Serie A giants are now negotiating with the player’s representatives regarding the salary package. And the reported salary will be less than €5 million. The Portuguese is reportedly eager to join the Milanese club.
How big of a blow will it be for Arsenal to miss out on Renato Sanches’ signature?
Missing out on the first choice transfer target will be a big blow for the North London club. However, the 24-years-old might not want to join Mikel Arteta‘s side if they fail to secure a place in the Champions League next season.
Meanwhile, following a disappointing defeat against Newcastle United. The Gunners have thrown away their opportunity to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition next season. And it will be a miracle if they still qualify for the said competition. Given it is hard to believe that their rival for the same goal, Tottenham Hotspur, will lose to bottom side Norwich City.
So, it would have been difficult for Arsenal to persuade Renato Sanches to join the Emirates Stadium. Milan needs only one point to secure their first title in 11 years from their last game. Therefore, Joining the Italian champions will be a more tempting proposition for the Portuguese midfielder.
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