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Official: Renato Sanches joins OSC Lille for €20 million euros

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Although the transfer fee can increase through add-ons, Bayern Munich has sold Renato Sanches for significantly less than they bought him for. 

FC Bayern Muenchen v Hertha BSC - Bundesliga

Bayern Munich and French-side OSC Lille have agreed on a deal for the transfer of Renato Sanches. The Portuguese youngster, who arrived in Munich in 2016 as one of the World’s most sought after talents, has had a very disappointing period in Munich. Sanches looked like the real deal when he arrived in Germany after a successful Euro 2016. He overtook Cristiano Ronaldo’s record as the youngest Portuguese to start in a major tournament and became the youngest player to score in a knockout match at a UEFA European Championship.

Today, it became official that Bayern will sell him for €20 million, which is €15 million less than they bought him for. Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said:

Renato Sanches asked us to agree to the transfer because he wanted to join a club where he can play on a regular basis. Unfortunately, we were unable to guarantee that at FC Bayern. Match practice is also important to him because he wants a place in the Portugal squad for EURO 2020. I would like to thank Renato for his performances, and on behalf of FC Bayern, I wish him all the best for the future.

Although Sanches won two German league titles, one DFB-Pokal, and three DFL Supercup titles, his playing time in Germany was limited. His loan at Swansea in 2017-2018 season proved to be another obstacle in his development for the player who has now lost his place in Portugal’s national team.

Still only 22 years-of-age, Sanches, who has signed for Lille on a five-year deal, has every possibility of finding his form once more. We at BFW hopes he does.

All the best Renato!