PSG sign Portugal and Lille star Renato Sanches

Renato Sanches, a midfielder from Ligue 1 rival Lille, has joined Paris Saint-Germain for an undisclosed fee.

The midfielder has signed a five-year contract with PSG after reuniting with new coach Christophe Galtier.

Sanches had been linked with Serie A champions Milan, but PSG emerged as the frontrunner to sign him.

The Portugal international won the Ligue 1 title in 2020-2021 while playing for Galtier at Lille, where he joined from Bayern Munich in 2019.

Sanches told the official website of PSG: “I’m overjoyed to have arrived in Paris. These last few days have been crucial for me and my family.

“I’m confident that signing for the club was the right decision for me. Paris Saint-Germain was my first choice because I believe it is the best project for me. Staying in France was important to me because I am familiar with the league.”

The former Benfica player is looking forward to reuniting with Galtier, who took over for the sacked Mauricio Pochettino last month.

According to Sanches: “I’m familiar with him. He’s a good coach who helped me a lot after I arrived in Ligue 1. We even managed to win the league with Lille as a team.

“We got along well, and I’m excited to be working with him and his coaching staff again. Working with a familiar manager always makes things easier. Communication between you is easier.”

Sanches’ arrival comes as Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to join Roma and Idrissa Gueye is a target for his former club Everton.

PSG begins its Ligue 1 title defense against Clermont on Sunday (AEST).

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