Manchester City will challenge the likes of Liverpool, Barcelona and AC Milan having reportedly joined the race to sign Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches.

The Lille star has been linked with a move away from France this year, although nothing materialised during the summer transfer window despite rumours.

Speculation continues to surround Sanches’ future, though, with the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona having been linked with him, and now City could be about to join their rivals in the hunt.

Spanish outlet Fichajes have linked Pep Guardiola’s side to the 24-year-old, and stated there are four other sides in the race, with Milan and Newcastle United also said to be interested.

Sanches has struggled with injuries this season, limiting him to 11 appearances for Lille, but he insisted last month he is ‘ready’ for a big move as the January window approaches.

With his contract in France running until 2023, City would have to shell out some cash to secure his signature, with a fee of £35m having been quoted.

Having made his ambitions clear though, Lille may well look to cash in during the New Year, which could lead to an interesting battle for his signature.

Elsewhere, City are said to be open to signing Barcelona defender Sergino Dest as part of a swap deal for Ferran Torres.

Torres has been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou, with recent reports suggesting a deal could be edging closer after the Catalan giants made the 21-year-old one of their top targets.

City won’t want to let him go easily though, and have reportedly listed a number of players they would be willing to sign as part of a swap deal.

According to El Nacional (via Sportsmole ), Dest would appear to be the most likely of the options on offer, with Guardiola said to be willing to allow Torres to join Barca if the defender moves in the opposite direction.

With Torres under contract at the Etihad Stadium until 2025, Barcelona would still have to shell out a decent fee in order to secure Torres’ services, which may mean the deal will have to wait until the summer.

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