Bayern buy teenager - for R610m!
10 May 2016, 17:35
Lisbon - Benfica are selling 18-year-old midfielder Renato Sanches to Bayern
Munich for €35 million, with the Bundesliga champion
possibly spending an additional €45 million depending on
The Portuguese club said in a statement to the
Lisbon stock exchange on Tuesday that Sanches' contract and agreement on
meeting unspecified performance targets runs through June 2021.
came through Benfica's junior ranks, and made his first-team debut in
the Portuguese league last October. He has 59 appearances, two goals,
and earned broad acclaim. He made his Portugal debut in March, and has
two caps. He's a chance to be in the Portugal squad for the European
Championship next month.
Bayern said in a statement on its website
that Sanches "rates as one of the most talented young players in
European football" and that there was "big-name international
competition" to sign him. It said he passed a medical in Munich on
Bayern chairperson Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the club had been following Sanches for a long time.
"Renato is dynamic, a good tackler and a technically skilled midfielder who'll add even more strength to our team," he said.