Lille have already rejected offers of over €70m for Renato Sanches and won’t change their stance, warns the club’s president.
Unhappy by his irregular opportunities at Bayern Munich, Sanches made a surprise €20m transfer to French giants Lille last summer to revitalize his career prospects.
Despite an injury-troubled start, the 22-year-old showed promise for Lille before the Ligue 1 season ended prematurely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Therefore, Lille had to settle for a fourth-place finish and Europa League football for next season.
Reports have since linked young players, such as Jonathan Ikone and Gabriel Magalhaes, with moves away from the Stade Pierre-Mauroy this summer.
But Gerard Lopez’s resolve to keep his top stars is unwavering, with the Lille president having rejected big-money offers for Sanches.
“We have received offers totaling more than €200m (£182m/$235m), which we will not accept,” Lopez told L’Equipe.
“The real question for us is the competitiveness and balance of the team.
“For example, we have had offers over €70m for Renato Sanches. He won’t go. Our sporting project takes precedence.
“We want to continue developing. How many clubs in Ligue 1 would refuse more than €70m for a player, other than PSG?”
Another player seemingly on his way out of Lille is Victor Osimhen, who is of interest to Napoli.