In unexpected reports, The Sun say that Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches could make a loan move to Manchester United. The 19-year-old rejected the opportunity to move to Old Trafford last summer but has played only 625 minutes of Bundesliga action in his first campaign in Germany.
What would he bring to Old Trafford?
The creative midfielder is respected as one of the most exciting young talents in the world. Ever since he broke into the Benfica first team, Sanches’ fine passing and creativity have caught the eye and rapidly earned him a move to Munich only 12 months ago.
Keen to pick up the ball deep and go on long, mazy, dribbling runs through the middle of the park, Sanches’ influence on a game is often clear to see. With trademark long range shooting, it is not a surprise that his attention grabbing style has taken him straight to the top.
Is a move likely?
It seems that Bayern would be happy to allow the youngster to move on. Having failed to make much of an impression, the club could now look to capitalise on the interest in him after he won the young player of the competition award at the European Championships last summer.
Whether a loan move would be acceptable is a different matter. In theory, it would reduce the risk for Carlo Ancelotti and co., and they could receive a more mature and developed player in one year’s time. In practice, it would not provide the financial boost that a sale would.
For United, it is hard to see where he would fit in to the squad. The Red Devils have been on the look out for a tough tackling midfielder, but Sanches do not quite fit that mould. It’s hard to see how a temporary agreement would suit them either, unless there is an option to buy included in the deal.