London - Euro 2016 winner Renato Sanches has joined Swansea City on a
season-long loan move from Bayern Munich, the English Premier League
club announced on Thursday.
The 20-year-old Portugal midfielder will
join his new team-mates in south Wales upon his return from
international duty, Swansea said.
Swansea manager Paul Clement
worked with Sanches while he had a six-month spell as an assistant at
Bayern last year before moving to the Liberty Stadium.
joined Bayern from Benfica for 27.5 million last season after featuring in Portugal's run to the European
Championship title and went on to make 26 appearances for the German
giants as they took the Bundesliga crown.
But he spent most of
last season on the bench and now Bayern have warned Sanches he needs to
show his old form with south Wales side Swansea if he is to have a
future in Munich after completing a loan move worth a reported €8.5
delighted that we have reached an agreement with Swansea City on a
lending basis," said Bayern chairperson Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
was our goal for Renato to be regularly used by a club in a very strong
league such as the Premier League," the former Germany international
"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," Rummenigge
told German football magazine Kicker.
"He needs to play continuously for a year, which he could not guarantee with us, given the quality in the squad."
However, the Bayern boss warned Sanches that he "has to put his foot on the gas" while on loan.
have clearly not give up on the midfielder, even though he has shown
none of the form which helped Portugal win the Euro 2016 title.
The German club have refused to sell him, which reportedly put off interest from Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.
"We are still convinced that he has the potential to become an important player for FC Bayern in the future," added Rummenigge.
"For this reason, it is firmly agreed that the player, without a clause, will return to Bayern on July 1 2018."
added Sanches showed tantalising glimpses of what he was capable of
during Bayern's tour of China and Singapore in July "when he went off
like a rocket" in their 3-2 pre-season win over English champions
However, Sanches has repeatedly failed to emerge from the
shadow of Bayern's star-studded midfield which boasts Arturo Vidal,
new-signing Corentin Tolisso and Thiago Alcantara.
confirmation of his arrival, on the final day of the summer transfer
window in Britain, adds to Swansea's midfield options after they
recently signed Sam Clucas from second-tier Hull City.
currently 13th in the 20-team Premier League after a win, a draw and a
loss in their opening three games of the season.