Preparation for the new football season has started in earnest as German side Bayern Munich acquired the signature of Manchester United target, Renato Sanches, from Benfica for €35million. The 18-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise at the Stadium of Light this term, and is set for a place in the Portugal squad this summer. Sanches scored against Bayern in the Champions League quarter-final back in April and now Die Roten have made him their first signing of the summer.
This has been the youngsters first campaign in Benfica’s senior ranks, with Sanches only making his senior bow in October. The Eagles quickly tied him down to a new contract until 2021, with his new deal featuring a €45million release clause and Sanches’ all-action style has since made him a mainstay in Rui Vitoria’s midfield.
"FC Bayern has been watching Renato Sanches for a long period,” declared Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, “we’re pleased we’ve been able to sign him despite big-name international competition. "He is a dynamic, two-footed, combative and technically gifted midfielder who will strengthen our team further. "
Manchester United have been virtual ever-presents in the Portuguese capital watching Sanches this term. But Bayern, having been impressed by the maturity of his display at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of the Champions League last eight, have kept a watching brief. And now, they’ve swooped with a £27.5million initial deal, making Sanches the fourth-most expensive teenager of all-time.
Sanches is one of two signings at Sabener Strasse on Tuesday, with Bayern also confirming a deal for Borussia Dortmund skipper Mats Hummels. The German international has been keen to return to Munich after eight years away and has also signed a five-year deal.