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My Probably Bad Take: Bayern Munich should sign Renato Sanches . . . again!

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A Renato Sanches redux for Bayern Munich? Say it ain’t so!

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At Bavarian Football Works, we are using this midseason break to expose ourselves (phrasing!). When working on Bayern Munich news and opinions on 24x7x365 basis, the entire staff develops some very good — and some very, very bad — takes. Whether these takes are relevant to past, present, or future opinions, we are going to let you in on some of the stupid things we think as part of a series. Without further ado, BFW will let is all hang out (damn it! phrasing again!).


My Probably Bad Take: Bayern Munich should sign Renato Sanches . . . again!

They say that not all that glitters is golden, but 2016 Golden Boy Renato Sanches taught us at Bayern Munich that not even all that is golden glitters! Of course, Sanches arguably glittered on occasion for Bayern — there was that one game against Benfica, for example. But Sanches’s tenure at Bayern was little more than a cycle of disappointment and exasperation, culminating in the midfielder’s departure for OSC Lille in 2019 for €20, €15 less than what Bayern paid Benfica for him three years earlier.

Which is precisely why Bayern should buy him again! Sanches’s form remains up to his Bayern standard: he has scored a goal for Lille in eight games and has spent the past month sidelined by a muscle injury, missing six games. He has played a grand total of 704 minutes for Lille, which has been in first place since Sanches went down injured!

The kicker: Sanches can be had for practically the same amount that Bayern sold him for. His market value remains just €20 million. What better way to add disgruntled depth to the midfield, and if Sanches now speaks French in addition to Portuguese, he might actually be able to communicate with more than one or two teammates at Bayern!

Bayern had better act fast, before Liverpool reunites him with his Portuguese Sprachduo partner Thiago (The Sun).