Liverpool urged to sign perfect Wijnaldum replacement after Euro 2020 masterclass

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Liverpool have been urged to sign Renato Sanches by former player Jose Enrique. The Spanish full-back turned pundit says that the Portuguese midfielder is the perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp’s style.

Sanches impressed in the 2-2 Euro 2020 draw with France on Wednesday evening, holding his own in a midfield battle against N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.

And Enrique believes that the 23-year-old has the tactical profile that Liverpool need as they search for midfield reinforcements.

Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum left Anfield for Paris Saint-Germain this summer, and Enrique says that Sanches – who won Ligue 1 with Lille last season – would make the ideal replacement.

“This is the man I want to replace Gini,” Enrique wrote. He steps up on the big stage.

“This man is an absolute engine & knows how to dictate a midfield like Gini did. He’s physically a level above others, he seems like a perfect fit for Klopp. He also has that creative aspect which Gini had.

Sanches’ international captain Cristiano Ronaldo is another player set for a move this summer.

The 36-year-old has been linked with a transfer away from Juventus, with a return to Manchester United on the cards.

And Portugal and Man Utd midfielder Bruno Fernandes has revealed that Old Trafford still holds a special place in Ronaldo’s heart.

“Every time I speak with him, he asks me how Manchester is and if everything is okay,” Fernandes said.

“Everyone knows he spent a lot of time in Manchester and he has consideration for the club.

“He likes the club, I think he won his first Ballon d’Or here, so it’s a club who’ve marked him, for sure.”

Ronaldo top-scored in the Euro 2020 group stage with five goals, but his former United teammate Rio Ferdinand is not expecting him to return to the Manchester club.

“I don’t think Ronaldo will happen,” Ferdinand told the Sun.

“That chapter has been written and it’s closed so I don’t think there’s any chance of that happening.

“Defence is the priority and what’s good about the Euros is there will be a good few centre-backs on show there.

“It’s also about who is available. I went to the World Cup and got bought off the back of a good season but also playing at a major tournament.

“This is a great opportunity for someone else to put themselves in the shop window and be purchased by a big club.

“Manchester United are in the market for a centre-back so what an opportunity for someone.”

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