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Done Deal: Swansea City sign Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich on season-long loan

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In a summer transfer window full of crazy and unexpected moves, Swansea City may have just put the icing on top of the cake as the South Wales outfit have secured a deal for Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches.

Paul Clement has well and truly proved the old cliché ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ and utilised his contacts from his time as the German side’s assistant coach to push a deal through.

Who is Renato Sanches?

The Portuguese midfielder originally made a name for himself coming through the Benfica youth system as child, being signed up in 2006, and since then he moved from Benfica ‘B’ to the first-team.

During his solitary season playing in Portugal he quickly became a key member of their starting eleven, featuring six times in the Champions League, and he alerted the attention of Europe’s elite.

But it was Bayern Munich who secured a lucrative deal for Sanches last summer, setting the Bundesliga side back £27.5 million, and it was thought that he would be the next big young midfielder.

It hasn’t quite worked out like that in the past 12 months though, starting just four league matches all season, and a spell in the Premier League may be what’s needed for him to rejuvenate his career.

What is the deal?

The two sides have come to an agreement – as reported on Swansea’s official website – that sees Sanches arriving on a season-long loan at the Liberty Stadium, completing the necessary paperwork yesterday.

Where will he fit in at the Liberty?

With talisman Gyfli Sigurdsson leaving in a £45 million move to Everton, there’s a distinct lack of attacking prowess in the Swansea City midfield and this is where Sanches is worth his weight in gold.

He is a stereotypical box-to-box midfielder, having excellent technical ability and skills when in possession of the ball and always loking to use his power try drive forward and influence attacks.

And alongside that boss Clement knows that he’ll bring his endless work-rate to the Swans, adding much-needed defensive steel to a somewhat limp current side with his natural tough-tackling play.

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How Twitter reacted to Swansea City signing Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches on loan

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Swansea City have confirmed the arrival of Renato Sanches on a loan deal from Bayern Munich. Sky Sports report that the Swans will pay a loan fee in excess of £2 million to take the midfielder to the Liberty Stadium for a year. This is a remarkable deal by the club and underlines the contacts that manager Paul Clement has in the game.

The Swansea manager will have worked with the 20-year-old for a short period last season at the Allianz Arena before he took the job in the Premier League. He worked at Bayern Munich as the assistant to Carlo Ancelotti and the Italian has now done his close friend a favour by letting him have one of the most exciting young midfielders on loan for a season.

Bayern Munich want the midfielder to gain regular first-team football as he has now reached a key stage in his development. It was a frustrating first season in the Bundesliga for Sanches and he now gets the opportunity to test himself in another league. The Premier League will suit his physicality and energy in the middle of the park. It won’t have been in his plans to go on loan to a club like Swansea, but he will relish the opportunity to play regularly.

It is thought that Sanches was keen to move to Swansea over other clubs, due to his existing relationship with Clement. He joined Bayern Munich last summer for a fee of £28 million and that shows the standing he has in the European game. It is a huge coup for Swansea and one that will excite the supporters.

Last summer, Sanches was named the Young Player of the Tournament at Euro 2016 as he helped Portugal to win the competition. He showed a maturity beyond his years and established himself as one of the best young midfielders in the game. The last year hasn’t gone as well as he would have hoped, but he now has the opportunity to further his development in England.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

https://twitter.com/SaucySonaldo/status/902862630246866944

Swansea fans were understandably excited by the signing:

Supporters of other clubs were jealous of the signing:

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Chelsea look to Bayern Munich for latest wing-back target – Is a move likely?

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As Chelsea prepare for a potentially busy deadline day, German newspaper Bild suggest that one potential arrival could be Bayern Munich full-back Rafinha.

What would Rafinha bring to Stamford Bridge?

One thing that the 31-year-old can offer in abundance is experience. As a winner of the Bundesliga and Champions League with Bayern Munich, he could help the more inexperienced members of Chelsea’s squad as they return to Europe’s elite competition this season.

He also offers versatility. It is most likely that Rafinha will take up a wing-back role if he does move to Stamford Bridge, but Antonio Conte will be keen on the fact that he can play on either flank. He can also play as a central defender if required, and that could encourage Chelsea to make a move for him.

The Brazilian also shares a number of attributes with both Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses. In particular, his impressive range of passing and crossing will appeal and he is a clear threat when bombing down the flank on the attack.

Is a move likely?

Bayern are hugely reluctant to sell their man as Carlo Ancelotti feels that he is a reliable second choice right-back. With Philip Lahm having retired, he has also picked up the reigns as the experienced veteran in the Bayern defence, which carries huge importance on and off the field.

However, it’s not yet clear if the Brazilian is content with such a role. Having played just 23 minutes so far this season, he may be keen to move abroad and have a go at the Premier League as, at his age, it could be his last opportunity to do so.

Chelsea could well pursue a move for him. It’s clear that wing-back is one of their top priorities this summer as they look to add cover and competition for Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses. With only 10 months left on his contract at the Allianz Arena, they could be in a strong negotiating position.

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Renato Sanches linked to Swansea City – what would he offer?

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Swansea City are planning an ambitious move for Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches. WalesOnline report that the Swans are in genuine contention of signing the Euro 2016 winner in what would be one of the eye-catching transfers of the summer. The Portuguese international isn’t in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans in Germany and could be available on loan to the right club. Paul Clement has a good rapport with the Bayern manager having worked as part of his staff before leaving for the Liberty Stadium and that could be a huge factor in any possible transfer.

The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the best young talents in world football, but he has struggled to make an impact since joining Bayern Munich. That said, he remains a player well thought of in the game, as Chelsea, AC Milan and Monaco have all been linked this summer. It would be a huge coup for Swansea, but they can offer him regular first team football, which will appeal to the player and Bayern.

What would he offer Swansea?

The Portuguese international is best described as a box-to-box midfielder as he is an energetic and hard-working player in the middle of the park. He doesn’t hide away from proceedings and likes to be involved in the play as much as possible. There is an aggressive streak to his game, which means he is useful when his team doesn’t have the ball. Sanches looks to be at a high intensity and possesses an impressive stamina, which would suit the Premier League.

There is an aggressive streak to his game, which means he is useful when his team doesn’t have the ball. Sanches looks to be at a high intensity and possesses an impressive stamina, which would suit the Premier League.

The physicality of the English game wouldn’t be a problem for him as he is capable of holding his own in a midfield battle. Sanches as a good eye for a pass and can be a creative presence in the final third. His game doesn’t lack confidence and he is willing to take a shot at goal if the opportunity presents itself.

Sanches isn’t the finished article and that is why he isn’t an important player for Bayern Munich yet, but there is no doubting his potential. He needs to improve his decision making on the pitch, while his consistency needs to be worked on. At the age of 20, he still has a long time left in his career. He will want to play at the highest level, but a loan move to Swansea might appeal in the short-term. It could provide him with the playing time that he desperately needs.

How likely is a deal?

It is difficult to take this rumour too seriously, as Sanches is a player that went for a lot of money only twelve months ago. However, Paul Clement has a good rapport with Carlo Ancelotti and he is a coach well thought of in the game. Bayern Munich would trust him to develop their young midfielder and his reputation is a huge plus for the Swans in the transfer market. They will face competition, but this is certainly one to follow as the deadline draws closer.

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