Wolverhampton Wanderers transfer target Renato Sanches made his return from a meniscal injury for Lille at the weekend.

The 24-year-old came on in the dying stages for the Ligue 1 champions in their 2-0 win against Marseille.

It was Sanches’s his first appearance since the opening game of the new season in August.

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The Wanderers are said to be ‘certain’ to try and sign Sanches in January.

The club were keen to launch a late swoop for the Portugal midfielder on transfer deadline day.

But Wolves supposedly aborted those plans due to the concerns surrounding the knee injury he has now recovered from.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Sanches is seen as the ‘missing ingredient’ in Bruno Lage’s side.

January approach for Sanches

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After only just returning from injury, the Euro 2016 winner has not been selected for Portugal’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

But if he manages to stay injury free heading into January, Lage could reignite his interest in the midfielder.

 

However, Lille’s stance to part ways with Sanches could hinge on whether they qualify for the Champions League knockout stages or not.

Sanches’ side currently sit bottom of Group G but with him back in action, he could help propel them into the last 16.

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A big draw in the Champions League could be enough to convince Sanches to stay for the remainder of the season.

Last season’s Ligue 1 champions are starting to find some form domestically, but they are already 10 points behind leaders Paris Saint Germain.

And with Lage’s side only five points off the European places themselves, the lure of coming back to England and proving himself after a dismal spell with Swansea City could prove too appealing to turn down for Sanches.

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Although Wolves possess two great technicians in Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves, Sanches’ athleticism and dynamism would significantly improve our midfield.

Once back to full fitness, if Sanches – a client of super-agent Jorge Mendes – impresses over the coming months there could be a host of big name clubs queuing up for the former Bayern Munich man’s signature.

But hopefully Wolves’ Portuguese connections can sway the talented former Golden Boy winner to come to Molineux.

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