Renato Sanches features higher on Wolverhampton Wanderers’ transfer shortlist than Manchester United ace Donny van de Beek, but the Dutchman could be a positive alternative if Bruno Lage fails to welcome his top target to Molineux, according to journalist Luke Hatfield.
Lage, who was appointed as Wolves’ head coach during the summer, will get the opportunity to add reinforcements to his squad when the window reopens at the turn of the year.
What’s the latest news involving Sanches and van de Beek?
Clubs have been put on red alert after Sanches told French newspaper L’Equipe, via the Mirror, that he is ready to leave Ligue 1 side Lille.
The Athletic’s Tim Spiers revealed Wolves came ‘as close as you could be’ to sealing a deal during the summer transfer window and the Molineux-based club are reportedly leading the race to finally secure Sanches’ services next month.
Although Sanches was forced to undergo surgery after sustaining a knee injury in August, Wolves continued to pursue the 32-cap Portugal international before ending talks when they failed to come to an agreement with Lille over a loan move.
Meanwhile, MailOnline have claimed that Manchester United midfielder van de Beek has held discussions with Wolves and Premier League rivals Everton over a potential loan switch.
The report suggests the 19-cap Netherlands international has stepped up his efforts to force a move away from Old Trafford by taking his team-mates’ advice and hiring a new agent.
What has Luke Hatfield said about the duo?
Hatfield believes Sanches remains firmly on Lage’s radar and is ahead of van de Beek on Wolves’ list of transfer targets.
The journalist feels the Lille man boasts more attributes than van de Beek but would understand the 24-year-old being a back-up option in Lage’s thinking.
Hatfield told GIVEMESPORT: “I still think someone like Renato Sanches is going to be probably higher on the list for Wolves this winter or next summer.
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“He offers a little bit more of an all-round game. But, I suppose, if they miss out on him or decide to look elsewhere then van de Beek could be a really good option for them.”
How have Sanches and van de Beek performed this season?
Sanches, 24, has nailed down a starting berth in recent weeks, having returned from his knee injury, and made 16 appearances in all competitions.
Van de Beek, who is rated slightly cheaper by Transfermarkt at £22.5million, has been restricted to a bit-part role at Old Trafford.
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