Swansea sign striker Sanches on season long loan
31 August 2017, 18:15
Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has joined Swansea on a season-long loan.
Sanches was part of Portugal's Euro 2016-winning squad and joined Bayern from Benfica for 35million euros in May 2016.
But the 20-year-old has found game-time with the Bundesliga champions limited and made only 26 appearances last season.
Swansea boss Paul Clement spent time as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Bayern last season and used his contacts in Bavaria to pull off the shock move.
Clement has been seeking a creative influence since the departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton for a club-record £45m fee two weeks ago.
Sanches was named the best young player at Euro 2016 and joined Bayern after being linked with Manchester United among others.
Chelsea, Juventus, Liverpool and Monaco were also linked with Sanches this summer amid speculation over his future.
But Bayern refused to sanction a permanent transfer and were only interested in allowing him to go out on loan.
"We wanted Renato Sanches to go to a club where he could play at a high level," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told German sport magazine Kicker.
"Renato has to play continuously for a year, which is not guaranteed at the moment in the squad."
Sending Sanches to Swansea also appealed to Bayern as they are not a Champions League rival.
Sanches has completed the necessary paperwork while on international duty with Portugal, and will join the Swansea squad before their next Premier League game against Newcastle on September 10.
Clement hailed Sanches as "one of Europe's elite young talents" as he welcomed him to his squad.
"I'm delighted to secure his services,'' Clement told the official Swansea website.
"He is a player I know well having worked with him for six months at Bayern Munich before my own move to Swansea.
"He is one of Europe's elite young talents who has already achieved a lot for his age, including winning Euro 2016 with Portugal.
"Having moved from Benfica to Bayern Munich, he has not played as much as he would have liked. But this move to Swansea and the Premier League will provide him with a real positive development experience.
"As a player he is a dynamic, powerful central midfielder who I believe has all the attributes to suit the Premier League.''
Swansea are also expected to complete the £12m signing of their former striker Wilfried Bony from Manchester City.
Bony - who left Swansea for City in January 2015 for £28m - is due to undergo a medical and is a direct replacement for Fernando Llorente, who is set to join Tottenham.
Spurs emerged as favourites to sign Llorente, despite Chelsea's long-standing interest in the striker, after their bid for the 32-year-old World Cup winner was accepted on Thursday morning.
Swansea signed Bony from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2013 for a then-club record fee of £12m.
Bony proved a huge hit at the Liberty Stadium with 34 goals in 70 appearances and was the Premier League's top goalscorer in the calendar year of 2014.
But he started only 15 league games in two and a half years at the Etihad Stadium and spent last season on loan at Stoke.
The 28-year-old had a frustrating time with the Potters, making just 11 appearances and not one after Stoke's 4-1 defeat at Liverpool on December 27.