Bayern Munich could be on the verge of offloading young starlet Renato Sanches to make room for Schalke’s Leon Goretzka, according to reports.
As per German news outlet Kicker (via GGFN), Bayern are set to go head-to-head with Premier League giants Arsenal for the services of Schalke ace Leon Goretzka. The 22-year-old has bagged 5 goals this season, and is attracting interest from all across the continent.
The same report further adds that to make room for the young German midfielder in the star-studded squad, Carlo Ancelotti is ready to part ways with Renato Sanches, who has endured a difficult first season in Bavaria.
Having arrived from Benfica for €35 million last summer, the Portuguese international has failed to provide even a single goal or assist in the 25 appearances he has made for Bayern in all competitions so far.
And now, the former Golden Boy award winner could be on his way out of Germany, with Manchester United rumoured to be one of his probable destinations, as Jose Mourinho has retained interest in his fellow compatriot.
Sanches, however, is adamant on fighting for a guaranteed spot in Bayern Munich’s starting lineup, despite enduring a bad time in his debut campaign.
The youngster spoke to the media on Saturday after completing a Bundesliga game for the first time in his career, and stated (via ESPN): “Honestly, I have to say my first season here wasn’t particularly good, but I won’t let it get me down and I’m certain the coming season will be better for me.
“Personally speaking, I was expecting more, of course, but I’m confident that the future will be better. I had a few minutes this season and I have to play to be more and more prepared. I do not want to talk about [what has gone wrong], I feel good at Bayern. The goal is to play more and be more influential in the team.”
Written by Kunal Kambli