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Liverpool linked with Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches – could Jurgen Klopp get the best out of him?

Rob Meech

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Reports have emerged that Liverpool are showing an interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, with suggestions that he could still leave the German outfit before the end of the summer window.

An article in German publication Kicker has been widely shared by the national Press in the United Kingdom. This claims that Sanches will be only other departure from the Allianz Arena this summer. This coincided with The Sun linking the Reds with a potential swoop for the Portugal international.

They say manager Jurgen Klopp is ready to pounce for the 20-year-old midfielder, who has struggled to establish himself in the Bayern side under Carlo Ancelotti since joining for a big-money transfer from Benfica last year.

Not long ago, Sanches was considered one of the brightest talents in European football. He had shone for Benfica and even broken into Portugal’s national team as a teenager.

Equipped with pace and strength that belied his tender years, Sanches was a key part of the squad that helped the rank outsiders lift the 2016 European Championship trophy in France. On a personal level, he took home the award for best young player of the tournament.

However, Sanches’ career has not developed in the way many expected. Last season he was restricted to just 17 Bundesliga appearances as Ancelotti used him sparingly. Sanches has yet to find the net for the German giants and is understood to be frustrated by a lack of game-time.

Ancelotti has increased speculation that the Portuguese could be on his way out of the Allianz Arena by saying that his future is still undecided, as reported by ESPN.

Manchester United had been linked with Sanches before he signed for Bayern, but it is their fierce rivals Liverpool who now appear to be at the front of the queue. A season-long loan move is being mooted, which would allow Ancelotti to keep tabs on the youngster’s progress.

Having shelled out an initial fee of £27.5 million just 15 months ago, the Bayern boss is unlikely to accept a cut-price permanent transfer at this time. For Liverpool, a loan deal would minimise the risk; enabling them to walk away after 12 months without incurring significant financial damage.

Although raw, Sanches has all the attributes to become an outstanding player and Klopp may believe he can unlock his huge potential. Liverpool are not exactly short of attacking midfielders, but the former Benfica star would offer the club a different dimension.

Sanches is very direct and can operate in a variety of attacking positions. With Philippe Coutinho’s future still uncertain, he would bring extra depth to a squad that will be playing Champions League football this season.

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A season-long loan looks most likely and may benefit all parties. Sanches needs a fresh start to kick-start his career and Klopp's unique style of management could work wonders.

Rob is a freelance writer, specialising in football, who previously worked as a sports journalist at the Dorset Echo. A long-standing AFC Bournemouth supporter, Rob can often be found on the terraces at the Vitality Stadium. Follow him on Twitter - @RobMeech

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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

Jake Jackman

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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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Rafinha

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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He may be on a list of Chelsea targets, but it seems unlikely that he would be a priority. With only hours left and Bayern not willing to sell, it seems unlikely.
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