Swansea City pulled off the coup of the transfer window with the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches on a season-long loan deal. The 20-year-old will arrive at the Liberty Stadium when he complete his international duty with Portugal.
It’s a left-field signing which erupted this week. Swans boss Paul Clement drew praise from former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan, for using his contacts book and bringing a gifted young player to the Premier League.
Clement, formerly Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant, persuaded the Italian to loan him Sanches and the pair resolved the conditions of the loan, including guaranteed playing time.
It’s reported by the Daily Mirror that the move stunned Manchester United fans; the Red Devils were believed to be in pole position to sign the mercurial Portugese. With Jose Mourinho as manager, they believed it was a formality.
Bayern however, didn’t want to loan Sanches to a Champions League rival which ruled out most of his suitors, and were not interested in a permanent deal. Clement’s close ties proved critical as the Bavarians knew he can be relied upon to put the player’s best interests first.
And that was the decisive factor, leaving the great and the good of the English games scratching their heads at how Swansea followed Stoke’s path and nabbed a major player from under their noses.