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Renato Sanches


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  • Nationality: Portugal
  • Date of birth: 18/08/1997
  • Height: 5ft 9ins
  • Weight: 11st 0lb

The Swans clinched the signing of Euro 2016 winner Renato Sanches on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich on transfer deadline day.

A number of top European clubs were interested in Sanches’ signature, but he opted to reunite with Paul Clement, who worked with the midfielder during his six-month spell as assistant manager at the Allianz Arena prior to his appointed at the Liberty.

He has become accustomed at lifting silverware, winning the league and League Cup title in his first full season at Portuguese giants Benfica.

During that campaign 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 Championships in France last year – which saw him feature 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.

He featured 26 times for Bayern last season as he helped them lift the Bundesliga title while he also represented Portugal at the European Under-21 Championships this summer.