Wolverhampton Wanderers failed to sign Renato Sanches yesterday, and it could end up being a major oversight by Fosun.

News came through on Monday night that Wolves were keen to land the 24-year-old on loan.

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Renato Sanches (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

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That obviously prompted a huge reaction on social media – not just from Wolves fans, but from neutrals too.

Sanches has been able to mature in the last couple of years, and his move to Lille has done him the world of good.

His infamous loan move to Swansea City was a disaster.

But he’s come out the other side of that, and is currently a reigning Ligue 1 champion.

So understandably there was huge anticipation yesterday morning about Sanches and his possible move to Molineux.

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Renato Sanches (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

By the afternoon though, the deal was off with Sky Sports reporting an agreement could not be reached.

Reports in Portugal suggested Wolves didn’t like the option to buy clause Lille were proposing (over £26 million).

Tim Spiers then reported the player’s current knee injury played a part in the breakdown of the move.


So Wolves now proceed with just three senior midfielders, after the loan departure of Morgan Gibbs-White to Sheffield United.

Wolves may seriously regret failure to sign Sanches

He may well be missing for a chunk of the first-half of the season.

But Sanches is an absolutely quality midfielder, who is far more mature and developed now compared to the player that last graced the Premier League.

Right now, Wolves lack mobility in the engine room.

Ruben Neves is brilliant, but he is not the type to drive with the ball and break the lines with a dribble.

That is what Sanches is all about.

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Renato Sanches (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

He is totally different to Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker.

Signing him whilst injured could obviously have been a risk.

But Fosun really should have taken it. At least if there was an option to buy, Wolves would not have been committed to paying if things didn’t work out.

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