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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.

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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.

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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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At this stage, it remains a long shot, but Paul Clement’s link with Bayern Munich makes it a possibility.
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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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