What a difference a year makes. Twelve months on from becoming the most expensive transfer from a Portuguese club, 19-year-old Renato Sanches is heading for the exit door at the Allianz Arena.
Days after Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti told the media that he thought the Portuguese international would stay with the German champions, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed that Sanches was available for a fee of £43m, reports the Independent.
The news put Manchester United on red alert with Jose Mourinho a keen admirer of his compatriot. Sanches opted for the Bundesliga outfit over United last summer, a situation Mourinho insisted would not have happened had he already been appointed when the £35m deal completed.
It’s by no means certain Sanches will be tearing into Premier League defences next season. AC Milan are determined to carry on their heavy investment in their squad and are willing match Bayern’s asking price.
Speaking after Bayern’s 3 – 2 victory over Chelsea today, Sanches declared that he “would like to play more; that’s why I want to change and go to a club where I would play more.”
Mourinho is desperate to strengthen his attacking options despite signing Romelu Lukaku, 24, in a £75m deal. Offering Sanches more playing time in a league where he will revel in the space afforded in the Premier League.