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Update: Renato Sanches arrives in Lille for his medical

It seems that the Portuguese youngster’s difficult time in Munich is coming to an end.

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Looks like it’s done. According to Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport, Bayern Munich and Lille OSC have agreed a deal for Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches. Sanches has been practically begging for a move away from Germany this summer, and it seems his little outburst at the end of last week has finally earned him the move he wanted.

Here’s the tweet in question:

It’s done. Renato #Sanches to #Losc . He arrives this afternoon to the field of Luchin to pass the medical examination. The player has agreed to a 5 year contract. #Bayern Munich and #Lille have found a deal worth around 25 million euros including bonuses. #RMCsport

Bouhafsi certainly isn’t the first to report this news, but he is the most reliable name to report this transfer thus far. Basically, it means that the deal is already done, and we’ll hear about it once Renato heads to France for his medical.

As far as Niko Kovac will be concerned, the departure of Sanches shouldn’t have much of an effect on his plans going forward. While there was once hope that the Croatian could rehabilitate the youngster and integrate him into the lineup, a difficult season for the Bavarians made it impossible for Sanches to get minutes. Unfortunately, there’s a limit to how long you can bench a player before he gets upset and leaves — and Renato reached his limit some time ago.

The transfer fee of €25m is about €10m less than what Bayern paid to Benfica to acquire him back in 2016, which shows the extent to which Sanches has stagnated over the years. Hopefully for the player, the move to France will revitalize his career. Bayern, meanwhile, already had the likes of Leon Goretzka, Corentin Tolisso, and Thiago Alcantara as central midfield options, and welcomed the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer as further reinforcement. The move is probably best for both parties.

It’s unfortunate that a transfer that seemed like a masterstroke at the time has come to such an ignominious end, but that’s just how the cookie crumbles.


Update

Videos on twitter show Sanches’ arrival at Lille for his medical. Looks like an announcement will be made in the coming hours:

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