When Portuguese wonderkid Renato Sanches left Benfica after just one season, Bayern Munich fans must have been desperate to see him play. An imperious and victorious Euro 2016 campaign seen the youngster hit the global football scene and made him stand out as one of the most impressive talents, regardless of age, in the world.
A year on, though, and it looks like his Bavarian dream is a nightmare waiting to end. Without a single oal or assist for Bayern and only 17 apeparances in the league in total, six starts, Sanches stunk the place out last year in a victorious Bayern team.
He looked miles off the pace and even at the U21 European Championships this summer, he looked lost. A hard transitional year looks to have more or less killed his progress, and it sounds as if Bayern are already happy to give up on the youngster.
The signing of Corentin Tolisso and James Rodriguez also means that his playing time will be further cut short, reducing the chances of him getting a chance to play. Indeed, Bayern Chief Karl-Heinz Rumenigge has made it clear that an exit is no longer just a possibility, but a likelihood.
“He won’t get enough minutes at Bayern, so we’re willing to negotiate a loan deal and maybe beyond that,” the Bayern executive told Tuttosport (Football Italia)
“I’m not the coach, but I think Renato needs regular football. I can confirm Milan’s interest, but talks didn’t progress last week.”
He continued on, making it clear that an exit for the player is now being discussed.
“If a club are interested in a Bayern player, they must be ready to deal with significant economic figures and I don’t feel that Milan are ready to meet our demands. We’ll say that it wouldn’t be bad if a €48m (£42.6m) offer came in for him.”
Other names such as Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked. It will be interesting to see what comes of Sanches, who has gone from a global talent to someone struggling to find another adventure.