The London Evening Standard believe that Chelsea have made a late enquiry into the availability of Bayern Munich teenager Renato Sanches. The 19-year-old moved to Munich from Benfica in a huge £40 million deal last summer after winning the young player of the tournament award at Euro 2016, but played just 615 minutes of Bundesliga football in his debut season.
What would he bring to Stamford Bridge?
Sanches is a dynamic central midfielder who could add another dimension to the Chelsea attack from central midfield. His range of passing and ability to shoot from distance offer something that is not yet present in the Blues’ midfield and could come in useful against more defensive sides.
Whereas N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko both prefer to play short passes with movement, Sanches may add a more direct option. With his ability to pick out a pass, he is often seen playing long balls and splitting defences.
At such a young age, he could go on to become one of the world’s best players. He is highly rated and has huge potential, but he is yet to show any sign of fulfilling that since his move to Bayern.
Is a move likely?
Bayern are open to allowing Sanches to leave and have been looking to agree a loan deal. The Standard reports that they would prefer a two year loan spell.
If Chelsea want to sign him permanently, they may be able to tempt Carlo Ancelotti and co., but only if they offer a fee in the region of what they paid for the youngster only 12 months ago.
However, Sanches is hoping to go elsewhere in order to get more game time.
With the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas already competing for a midfield spot, it is hard to see how Sanches would walk into the starting eleven.
In that respect, it could be far from the Portugal star’s first choice.