Liverpool and Chelsea on Alert as Sanches Stuns Bayern by Refusing to Play

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Renato Sanches joined last Bayern Munich last summer amid a welter of interest from some of Europe’s leading clubs. Having failed to impress last season, the 20-year-old Portuguese international stunned the Bavarians by requesting time to sort out his future.

Declaring himself mentally unprepared for the fixture against Werder Bremen, one of Europe’s brightest talents ensured that he is heading toward the exit door.

Metro reports the extraordinary situation put both Liverpool and Chelsea on alert with the Premier League giants ready to meet the Bundesliga champions demands for a fee which matches the £44m Bayern paid Benfica last year.

Antonio Conte enquired about the rising star of Portuguese football when the Blues played the Germans in a pre-season friendly and was encouraged by their willingness to talk. At the time, it was thought Sanches would leave on a year-long loan deal and with time running out to strike a deal for a permanent move, it is thought Bayern are open to a loan with the option to buy at the end.

Liverpool are keen to strike a deal with Philippe Coutinho, 25, increasingly likely to move to Barcelona. Despite the Catalans setting three deadlines to complete the deal – all of which have now passed – the two clubs continue to talk and a move is expected to be completed if the Reds can find a suitable replacement.