Ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes Mikel Arteta should sign Lille star Renato Sanches as he is a ‘powerhouse in midfield who can make a huge difference’ for the Gunners
- Renato Sanches’s contract expires next summer and Lille could consider selling
- The midfielder impressed for the French side last season, attracting top clubs
- Arsenal reportedly made their interest known to the club and his representatives
- Kevin Campbell believes he would be a ‘very good’ signing for his former side
Former striker Kevin Campbell has urgedto make a shock move for Lille star .
The Portugal international has endured a rollercoaster career, winning two Bundesliga titles atbut then flopping at City, before returning to glory in Ligue 1 with Lille last season.
The midfielder only made 12 league appearances for the Swans during the 2017-18 season that saw the Welsh side relegated from the Premier League.
Ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell (L) believes his former side should sign Renato Sanches (R)
Then-manager Carlos Carvalhal said Sanches had a ‘very bad season’ and had ‘much to learn’ following the loan spell.
But Sanches has since bounced back at Lille, salvaging his reputation, and admittedearlier this month.
He impressed in 29 appearances for the French side last season and attracted a number of suitors in the summer, including Liverpool, AC Milan and Arsenal.
The midfielder (centre) impressed in 29 appearances during Lille’s title-winning season
Campbell hailed the Portugal international as a ‘powerhouse in the French side’s midfield’
Campbell claimed the 24-year-old would be a ‘very good signing’ for his former club as he would add needed experience to Mikel Arteta’s engine room.
‘I think he would be very good if they can get him in,’ Campbell told.
‘He’s suffered with injuries but he’s still young. He’s a powerhouse in that midfield – he can pick the ball up, run, he can shoot, he can create.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta could look to bolster his ranks in the January window
‘Having that power in the midfield can make a huge difference.
‘No disrespect to him but against Liverpool, for example, Sambi Lokonga was taken off by Arteta to save him. He was getting robbed time after time in that midfield.
‘Maybe there needs to be a bit more experience in there, and Sanches would bring it.
‘There’s a big opportunity for Arsenal – they’re still fifth in the table. They will be trying to improve the top end of the pitch and pushing for those top four places.’
The Gunners have reportedlyto his representatives, while Lille’s hierarchy are also said to be aware.
Sanches’s contract expires next summer and the Ligue 1 club are reportedly considering cashing in on their prized asset during the winter transfer window, if they receive a sufficient offer.
Arteta currently has Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elneny at his disposal to fuel his engine room.
But the Gunners boss could look to bolster his ranks in January as Granit Xhaka has been ruled out until the New Year with a knee injury, while Partey and Elneny will be missing as they head to the African Cup of Nations.
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