I can confirm that AC Milan is interested in Renato Sanches. No agreement, however, has been reached.
With those words, given at Munich airport as the team departed for China, Bayern Munich’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that one member of Bayern’s roster embarking on its tour of Asia might not return at all.
According to kicker, the erstwhile Italian giant AC Milan is prepared to take Sanches on loan for two years with an option to buy. The entire amount hypothetically in play for the deal is €47 million. Bayern paid €35 million to sign Sanches from Benfica Lissbon after his breakout performance at the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.
Milan has spent an extraordinary amount of money to rebuild its roster for the coming season, signing ten new players (including Bayer Leverkusen's star Hakan Calhanoglu) and spending well over €200 million so far. After 31 years in control, former prime minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi finally sold AC Milan this past April to a Chinese consortium for €740 million. The new owners have been busy.
Sanches arrived in Munich with great expectations, but played a paltry 903 minutes in 25 matches across competitions this past season. While Carlo Ancelotti does not exactly have a reputation for player rotation, Sanches has seemingly struggled to adapt to his new team.