Renato Sanches’ time at Bayern already over?

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Renato Sanches, the young, Portuguese, box-to-box midfielder made a splash at the European Championships last summer. The 18 year old Benfica midfielder won ‘Young Player of the Tournament’, and soon earned himself a high-profile €35m transfer to German giants Bayern Munich.

The player’s stock was high, however the move has not turned out quite as planned for the youngster. Sanches only started six times for the Bavarians this season and for many games was either on the bench or frozen out of the squad completely. He has disappointed to the point where Lothar Matthaus labelled him the “flop of the season” in the Bundesliga this year.

Reports this week that have stated Bayern president has engaged with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas in regards to signing Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso could signal that Sanches’ time at Bayern has come to an end. With the French midfielder playing an almost like for like role as Sanches, the German club might be signalling that they’re ready to cut their losses and dispense with the Portuguese midfielder and try to recoup as much of that they paid for him as possible.

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Despite the noises coming out of southern Germany, many clubs still believe that Sanches has not turned into an inadequate footballer overnight and many have made moves to try to take him from Germany. It is an ideal time for the young midfielder to push for a transfer, given that he will want to be in a club getting regular minutes in the lead up to next summer’s World Cup in Russia.