Bayern Munich chief Karl Heinz-Rummenigge has revealed that Renato Sanches will only be leaving the club on loan this summer, if he is to leave the club at all.
The young Portuguese midfielder had a miserable first season at the Allianz Arena after making a big money move from Benfica, and a lack of game time has seen him become eager for a move away from the club in search of regular first-team football.
Man United have recently been linked with a move for him, while AC Milan were also said to be fighting for his signature. However, Rummenigge has now revealed that he spoke to Sanches, and that all the player wants is to have regular game time. As a result, any move that does occur is likely to be a temporary one.
“I had a long talk with Renato and this is a story with an open ending,” Rummenigge said at a news conference during the club’s pre-season tour in Singapore.
“He does not necessarily want to leave, he wants to play. We all share this opinion. If it’s decided that he’ll leave, it would only be for a year long loan. We would send him out on loan for maximum one year because we are convinced he can become a good and useful Bayern player.”
AC Milan have been regularly touted as his most likely destination, and the Italian club’s general manager, Marco Fassone, has revealed that they have been in contact with Bayern, but are unsure if the move will go through.
“I don’t know if he’ll be our next signing,” Fassone said. “We’ve been speaking to Bayern and the player for the past 20, 25 days. At the moment, Bayern are setting conditions that we cannot meet, but maybe in the coming weeks the situation will change.”
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