London - Premier League side Swansea City pulled off a
significant coup on Thursday by announcing the signing of Euro 2016 winner
Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich on a season-long loan.
The 20-year-old Portugal midfielder will join his new
team-mates in south Wales upon his return from international duty.
Swansea manager Paul Clement worked with Sanches during his
six-month spell as an assistant to head coach Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern last
year, before moving to the Liberty Stadium in January.
"We wanted Renato Sanches to go to a club where he
could play at a high level and have a coach who counts on him," said
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
"He needs to play continuously for a year, which he
could not guarantee with us, given the quality in the squad."
Swansea are reported to have paid Bayern €8.5 million euros
as part of the deal, which does not contain an option to buy.
Sanches joined Bayern from Benfica for an initial fee of €35
million euros last season after featuring in Portugal's run to the European
He made 26 appearances for the German giants as they took
the Bundesliga crown, but spent most of the campaign on the bench.
Rummenigge warned Sanches that he "has to put his foot
on the gas" during his time at Swansea.
Bayern have clearly not given up on the midfielder, even
though he has shown none of the form that helped Portugal win Euro 2016.
The Bavarian club have refused to sell him, which reportedly
put off interest from Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.
"They felt Swansea was a place he could be coached and
developed and where he would play more regularly," Clement told the
"I'd like to thank Karl and Carlo for showing their
trust in the club and myself as a coach by allowing Sanches to come.
"I'm sure he will get a warm Welsh welcome next week
and we wish him great success with this."
Swansea also announced Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony's
return to the club from Manchester City following Fernando Llorente's departure
to Tottenham Hotspur.
Bony, 28, has signed a two-year contract with an option for
a third year and is reported to have cost Swansea €13 million euros.
He previously spent a year and a half at the Liberty,
scoring 34 goals in 70 games, before joining Manchester City in a €28 million
move in January 2015.
Swansea are currently 13th in the 20-team Premier League
after a win, a draw and a loss in their opening three games of the season.