Renato Sanches speculation can now end – reports

Manchester United are reportedly set to miss out on Renato Sanches again this summer with Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirming that the player will only be allowed to leave the Allianz Arena on loan this summer. United were interested in the Portuguese midfielder last summer with incoming manager Jose Mourinho keen to sign his compatriot but with Louis van Gaal still to be sacked, United could not move for the player without it becoming prematurely known that Van Gaal was to be sacked. The Bundesliga champions signed the player very early last summer, which saw United miss out.

There were reported earlier in the summer but it is not yet known if the reports are correct, but United are looking for a midfielder with Fabinho, Nemanja Matic and Eric Dier all linked to the club, none of them seemingly getting close to a deal so it makes me wonder if United have their minds set on another target, pulling it out of the blue like they have done recently with Romelu Lukaku, signing him from under the noses of Chelsea, the club he was thought to be heading to. The fact that Bayern seems to only want Sanches leaving on loan this summer would suggest they have plans for the player for the future, which was probably why they signed him last summer.

The 19-year-old had a good summer a year ago winning the European Championships with Portugal, also starting his career at a new club where he did not see as much action as he may have hoped, which has frustrated the player. Sanches played 25 times for Carlo Ancelotti’s side last season, starting just six matches in the Bundesliga and failing to score a single goal for the Bundesliga champions. Now that James Rodriguez has signed for Bayern, albeit on loan for the next two seasons, it will cast more doubt on Sanches and his game time this coming season, which could be why a loan spell seems to be touted for him. Rummenigge, reported by The Sun, said:

“Renato Sanches did not have an easy first year here and it is very important that he plays with some continuity. We will still decide whether he stays with the team or if he is loaned, after we have made all our purchases. He urgently needs to play after the last half of the season, which was neither satisfactory for him nor for the club.”

United’s summer plans seem to be starting to materialise with Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku signing for the Old Trafford club which will go a long way to helping the site out after their frustrations last season, especially in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho is still reportedly looking to sign a winger and a midfielder with many players linked in including Ivan Perisic, Fabinho, Dier and Matic currently linked to the Theatre of Dreams. United seem to have things in the works with the media playing catch up and using the scatter gun approach to report who the club are interested in. Time will tell but United’s interest in Sanches seems to have expired with crappy journalism the reason he has been linked, just because he was before.

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