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Swansea City are on the verge of making one of the most sensational signings of the summer, as the Welsh outfit are close to signing Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich, reports the Guardian.
The exciting midfielder endured a difficult start to life in Germany after his €35million move to the Bavarian outfit last summer and has found it hard to carve out a place in the playing XI under Carlo Ancelotti. And following the signing of Corentin Tolisso from Olympique Lyon in this transfer window, he has fallen further down the pecking order at Bayern.
A lot of high-profile clubs were looking at Sanches as a potential target. But, according to latest updates, it looks like Swansea is where the Portuguese sensation will be heading to, thanks to manager Paul Clement who has put his connections with Ancelotti to great use in order to clinch the deal.
Sanches may have endured a difficult season last time around, but his abilities and talents are unquestionable. The 20-year old Portugal international was the breakout star of 2015/16 season with Benfica and was one of the most coveted players in the market, and was a part of Portugal National Team for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France, which they won.
The former Benfica man is someone who has all the traits of developing into a complete, all-round midfielder. He has the pace and the trickery when on the ball, and possesses good upper body strength, which he uses to brush aside opponents. He can a pick a pass with great accuracy and has shown good composure when on the ball. Apart from all this, the youngster also brings an added bite to the middle of the park with his tackling and defensive nous.
The 20-year old, in his short time with Benfica, played in multiple positions – central midfield, defensive midfield, and on the flanks, but seemed to have found his home in a box-to-box role. His versatility, combined with his technical ability, brute strength and pace, makes him an exciting addition to the Swans’ squad.
A poor season may have dented his reputation a little, but there are no doubts about his potential and if he is backed and given confidence by the right person, he can achieve great heights. In Clement, he will have a manager who has seen him from close quarters, when the pair worked together for the first-half of last season at Bayern, before he took the job at the Liberty Stadium.
Under much less scrutiny than what he found at Bayern, Sanches could regain his best form with the Welsh outfit and more importantly, he will be getting regular playing time, which wouldn’t have been very likely at some of the other big clubs that were vying for his signature.
Signing a player of this magnitude, even on a temporary deal, would turn up the atmosphere in the dressing room and among the Swansea fans as well, especially having lost Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton. The midfielder’s arrival will be nothing short of a coup for Swansea and if Sanches finds his feet quickly and displays his true potential, it could prove to be a deal that could take them to the next level.