In some stunning Renato Sanches transfer news, the Portuguese midfielder could be in line for a loan switch to Swansea City. The Portuguese midfielder has featured regularly in the gossip columns, linked to a number of clubs. With no news of anything concrete however could Swansea swoop in?
Position: centre midfielder, can also play defensive midfield or as an attacking midfielder
Reported Transfer Lee: Loan (£2mil fee for the season)
2016/17 League Stats: 6 starts (11 sub appearances) 0 goals (0 assists)
Verdict: As transfer rumours go this is right up there as one of the most surprising this window, at least for me. You have to applaud Swansea’s ambition regardless of whether they pull it off or not.
It’s fair to say that given Paul Clement is Ancelotti’s ex-assistant, the Swansea manager is well connected in Munich. Clement and Renato Sanches are also said to share a mutual admiration from the time the English manager was assistant in Germany which could be key to any deal. Even so it would still be quite some coup and would go a long way to getting over the departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Renato Sanches broke on to the scene in the 2015/16 season, playing well for Benfica. He then took that on a level shortly after by playing exceptionally well at the Euros. He played a big role as Portugal went on to become European Champions whilst he also won the young player of the tournament award. His drive and energy from midfield did not go unnoticed nor his influence in some important games as he joined Bayern despite strong interest also from Man Utd. In many respects Renato Sanches epitomises the modern day midfielder. He is capable of tackling, passing and being a general nuisance whilst he possesses all the necessary physical attributes you’d expect of a player in his position.
He has struggled to make an impact at Bayern since his £27.5mil transfer. I am partly surprised given his undoubted talent but the competition is stiff at the Allianz Arena with the likes of Vidal, Thiago, Xabi Alonso (last season) and now the new recruits of Sebastian Rudy and Tolisso to also contend with. He clearly has a big future but he needs to be playing to develop.
Swansea are thought to be favoured by Bayern as they feel his chances of regular football are stronger there than anywhere else. If he is still out of the picture at Bayern after this season, undoubtedly a good season in Wales will enhance his value. Either way the Germans can’t lose.
In terms of Swansea he’d obviously be a welcome addition. He’s comfortably a better player than the current midfielders in the squad. Tom Carroll impressed last season but isn’t at the same level. Roque Mesa will take time to adapt despite an impressive season in Spain. Whilst Leroy Fer may have contributed with a healthy return of goals again I think it’s fairly safe to say he’s not at Renato Sanches’ level. Leon Britton isn’t the player he was and will likely have a reduced role and Ki has struggled with form and injuries, I’m not sure he’s the player he was either.
I’d love for Renato Sanches to join Swansea so that all fans in England get to see him play more regularly. Such signings can only be good the Premiership. This one seems to be gathering a bit of pace which is to my surprise. Liverpool’s interest seems to have gone, will AC Milan come back in?
At the moment Clement seems to be the key component in this deal. Lets hope for Swansea’s sake no-one else can hijack it. I’m going to trust the strength of Clement’s relationship with those in Germany and my heart and say Swansea are going to pull off one of the coups of the window!
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