Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have this evening confirmed that they could be open to the idea of loaning out young midfielder Renato Sanches this summer.
Sanches arrived in Bavaria last summer from Benfica with weighty expectations on his young shoulders, having played a starring role as Portugal lifted the Euro 2016 trophy.
However, the 19-year-old managed just 25 appearances all season under coach Carlo Ancelotti, the majority of which came from the bench.
His performances, when given a chance, were underwhelming to say the least, with Sanches failing to register a single goal or assist over the course of the entire campaign.
On the move
Unsurprisingly, this has led to Bayern considering their options regarding the Portuguese teen, with club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealing:
‘We’ll decide when we’ve completed our shopping whether to keep him here or loan him out for a year.’
‘He really needs playing minutes after the last half-year, which was unsatisfactory for both sides.’
Among those interested in a move for Sanches are Premier League giants Manchester United, who were beaten to the signing of the Benfica youth product by Bayern last summer.
Jose Mourinho is reportedly still keen on bringing the attacking midfielder to Old Trafford, with United likely to try to include a buyout clause in any potential deal, in the case that Sanches rediscovers his form in England.
However, it remains to be seen whether the German side would be willing to give up on their big-money investment after such a short amount of time.