Wolves fans hoping to see Renato Sanches make a mid-season move to Molineux might end up disappointed, with the player having become the new number 10 at Lille.
Wolves were in for Sanches during the last transfer window.
There were reports the club were ready to sign him on loan. But in the end, the club walked away from a deal after deeming the knee injury he had at the time too prohibitive.
Wolves didn’t end up signing a central midfielder, and proceeded with Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker as the only senior options.
The decision not to sign a central midfielder frustrated some supporters. Especially with Morgan Gibbs-White leaving on loan.
There was a claim from talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook recently that Wolves were still looking ‘quite closely’ at Sanches again.
That went down well with supporters, many of whom would love nothing more than to see Sanches gliding about the Molineux turf.
But it could be that a move is unlikely now, because Lille have just handed Sanches the number 10 shirt.
The jersey became vacant after the club recently sold Jonathan Ikone to Fiorentina.
Evidently, Ligue 1 permit players to change numbers in the middle of a season, and Sanches actually wore it for the first time in the Coupe de France defeat to Lens earlier this month. He previously sported number 18.
Sanches wore it again in the 1-1 draw with Marseille yesterday, this time with his name accompanying, unlike against Lens.
Renato Sanches shirt change indicates an exit is unlikely, amid Wolves transfer links
This development would certainly suggest that Lille don’t want to lose the 24-year-old.
They surely feel confident of hanging on to him until the end of the season. They wouldn’t have facilitated this if they weren’t.
One gets the feeling that Wolves really may have missed the boat with Sanches.
Perhaps the club should have just gambled and signed him on loan while he was injured.
He only missed a couple of months in the end, and he has been impressing for Lille since returning to full fitness.
Come the summer, it may be that many clubs are in for him.