Factfile: Renato Sanches
Renato Sanches helped end Wales’ Euro adventure in 2016. Now he looks to showcase his quality in Wales with Swansea City.
Swansea City welcome the Euro 2016 winner with open arms after they clinched the season-long loan signing of the Bayern Munich midfielder who is bursting with potential.
A number of top European clubs were interested in Sanches’ signature, but it is in South West Wales where the 20-year-old will be strutting his stuff this season.
His move means a reunion with Swans boss Paul Clement, who worked with Sanches during his six-month spell as assistant manager at the Allianz Arena prior to his appointment at the Liberty.
Sanches featured 26 times for Bayern last season as he helped them lift the Bundesliga title. Now he gets a crack at the Premier League.
He has become accustomed to lifting silverware, winning the league and League Cup title in his first full season at Portuguese giants Benfica.
During that campaign, he was named the Primera Liga breakthrough player of the year while he also scooped the goal of the season award.
To add to his growing list of accolades, he was named in the Uefa Champions League Breakthrough XI for 2016, while his performances at the European Championship in France last year – during which he featured in the semi-final victory over Wales – saw him clinch the Golden Boy award nominated by journalists.
That proved enough for Bayern to come calling and spend £27.5million to secure his services, with Sanches departing Benfica after ten years at the club having risen through their youth ranks.
Now he gets set to light up the Liberty – and the Premier League – as the Swans look to build on their positive start to the campaign.