Sanches set to join up with Swans

7th September 2017
First team

Renato Sanches is set to train with Swansea City for the first time tomorrow following his loan move from Bayern Munich.

Sanches is due in Wales today having joined the Swans on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich ahead of last week’s transfer deadline.

The midfielder is only just arriving because he was with Portugal’s under-21 squad during the international break.

But he will meet his new team-mates tomorrow ahead of a possible debut when the Swans host Newcastle United on Sunday.

The Swans pulled off a coup by securing Sanches’s signature despite reported interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.

The 20-year-old was a star performer in the Portugal side which won Euro 2016, with his displays in the tournament helping to secure a big-money move from Benfica to Bayern.

However, he was unable to nail down a regular starting spot with the German heavyweights last season and hence he has been allowed to leave on loan.

Swans manager Paul Clement was assistant to Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti before he moved to the Liberty back in January, and used his contacts to secure the Sanches deal.

The Swans believe that Sanches, one of the most highly regarded young players in Europe, can have an impact in the Premier League this season, while Bayern are keen to see how their man progresses.

Sanches played 70 minutes on Tuesday night as Portugal Under-21s beat their Welsh counterparts 2-0.

Sanches and Wilfried Bony – the Swans’ other deadline-day signing – could both feature against Newcastle.

Fellow new recruit Sam Clucas, meanwhile, is set for his first home game having played in the win at Crystal Palace.