Here’s the latest on Renato Sanches future
Renato Sanches’ immediate future is still uncertain and reports continue to link him with a move away. Here, talkSPORT.com looks at the latest on potential moves for a midfielder who will be 20 when the new season begins.
He hasn’t enjoyed his first season in Germany
Bayern Munich signed him from Benfica in 2016 for €35million, but he he started just six Bundesliga games. “Personally, I am not satisfied with my first year in Munich,” he said. “Of course, I’d like to play more. I am now on the China tour with Bayern, but after that we will get together in Munich and hopefully find a solution. I’m young, I want and I have to play.”
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte asked Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti about Sanches’ availability following the Premier League club’s 3-2 defeat to the Bundesliga champions in July, according to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. A move may be difficult, though, considering the teenager’s complaint about playing too few games in Germany. Chelsea recently paid £40m for central midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and The London Evening Standard say the Blues have struggled to convince Sanches to move to London and are looking at alternatives.
Who else has shown interest?
Big spending Milan, whose directors Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli met Sanches’ agent, Jorge Mendes. The player even claimed he was keen on the idea when discussing the need to play more. “I think the chance to do so is greater in Milan than in Munich. Milan is an interesting option. If the opportunity arises and the clubs can agree, I would like to talk to them,” he said. Fassone, though, said Milan have struggled to meet conditions set by Bayern.
What do those at Bayern think?
Bayern chief executive Rummenigge, who claimed “10 teams are interested in [Sanches]” does not want to sell the player, but would consider a loan. “We would send him out on loan for maximum one year because we are convinced he can become a good and useful Bayern player,” he said. However, good performances in pre-season may keep him in Munich. “He’s started the season with us and he’ll stay with us until the end of the transfer window, on August 31,” Ancelotti explained at the end of July.