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Patrick Vieira gives his verdict on Arsenal’s reported interest in Ligue 1 star

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Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira gave a glowing review of the club’s latest reported transfer target in Renato Sanches.

Patrick Vieira has spoken highly of Renato Sanches amid reports linking the Portuguese to Arsenal.

According to 90min, Arsenal have contacted Lille regarding a summer move for Sanches. The Gunners allegedly enquired over the midfielder’s availability and price tag. They also requested to be kept updated on any developments.

Sanches has rebuilt his career at Lille after a disappointing spell at Bayern Munich and helped the French club claim Ligue 1 glory last season.

The former Benfica ace is one of Arsenal’s reported midfield targets this summer, along with Anderlecht star Albert Sambi Lokonga.

“He was a big prospect,” said Vieira on ITV in reference to Sanches’ rapid rise to fame as a teenager with Benfica.

“Everybody was waiting for him to be one of the top young players for the future.

“He moved to Bayern Munich where he has a very difficult period.

“I don’t think it was the right place for him to keep developing. But last year with Lille, he did really well. He wasn’t really consistent during the season, but he had some flashes of his talent.”

Reports of interest for Sanches comes comes amid reports of Roma pursuing Arsenal star Granit Xhaka for a summer move.