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.
LOSC are thrilled to announce the signing of Portugal international midfielder Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich on a five-year deal ! pic.twitter.com/QQOVoz19Rl— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) August 23, 2019
All the best Renato!