Swansea have officially announced the transfer of Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich.
The Portuguese midfielder will join Swans on a one year loan deal, where he will be reunited with his former coach, Paul Clement. In fact, Clement is the reason for which Sanches accepted the move. Swansea will pay Bayern around £4m for the loan, according to Sky Sports.
Clement’s good relationship with Carlo Ancelotti facilitated the negotiations between the two clubs. The fact that the English manager worked directly with Renato Sanches and promised him regular playing time contributed to the player’s decision to come to Wales.
Even though he has been on the list of Liverpool, Chelsea, Juventus or Monaco, Renato Sanches chose Swansea, wanting to be sure of his playing time. At the Swans, the 20-year-old will replace Gylfi Sigurdsson, who signed for Everton.
Swansea have announced on their official website: “Sanches has completed the necessary paperwork while away with Portugal, and will link up with his new team-mates upon his return from international duty. Swans boss Paul Clement worked with the 20-year-old midfielder during his six-month stint as assistant manager at the Allianz Arena last year before his switch to the Liberty.”
According to Sky Sports, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also spoke about the deal: “We’re delighted we’ve been able to conclude the loan deal with Swansea. Our goal was for Renato to gain regular match practice at club level in a strong league such as the Premier League.
We remain convinced he has the potential to become an important player for FC Bayern in the future. For this reason the agreement states that the player will return to FC Bayern on 1 July 2018 with no option to make the transfer permanent.”