Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches and Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels.
Renato Sanches has been consistently linked with a move to Premier League, and especially Manchester United, with numerous outlets reporting Benfica chairman’s presence in Manchester to complete the deal.
However, Bayern appear to have swooped in and have swiftly gotten the deal done, signing the 18-year-old Portuguese for an initial fee of £27.5m. And despite Sanches signing a new contract with Benfica in November 2015, the midfielder is now set to move to the Bavarian club this summer.
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke the following about the Sanches transfer: “Renato Sanches is a dynamic, technically-gifted midfielder who is strong in the tackle and will strengthen our squad.”
Bayern deputy chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen revealed more information on the transfer fee by stating: “The transfer fee for the current international, who was voted the Shooting Star of Portuguese Football in his home country yesterday evening, is 35m euros, plus possible bonus payments that could become due if for example the player is named in the World Team of the Year or FIFA World Player of the Year.”
Bayern have also bolstered their already strong defence – a defence that has conceded the least number of goals in all of Europe – by signing German international Mats Hummels.
Borrusia Dortmund had placed a “non-negotiable” price tag of £31.5m on their club captain, who had only one year left on his contract with the club.
Rummenigge talked about the 27-year-old defender by stating: “Mats is one of the world’s best centre-backs. He will increase the quality of our team even more.”
Hummels too, expressed his thoughts on returning to his youth club, by telling Dortmund’s website: “This was not an easy decision for me after eight and a half successful years with BVB. I was always proud and still am to wear the BVB shirt and to be part of this extraordinary team.”
With these two high-profile additions, it is safe to assume that the Bavarian club will mount a genuine challenge to win the UEFA Champions League under the leadership of their new manager Carlo Ancelotti next season.