Renato Sanches Replacement? Leon Goretzka Move Agreed

Schalke's Leon Goretzka celebrates scoring their first goal.

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Renato Sanches, the 19-year-old wonder kid who caught European football by storm last season, might be set to moving away from Bayern Munich this summer.

This news comes after Sky Germany (via Metro) claimed that Schalke has agreed on the move of Leon Goretzka to the Allianz Arena. With the player having only one year left on his contract, and no extensive talks with the club regarding an extension contact yet, the deal almost seems certain.

Leon himself is considered as quite the prodigy, and at 18, he already has 3 senior caps for the German national team. He has a keen eye for a pass, and a strong aerial ability, thanks to his tall stature. He was also linked with both London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, along with Juventus before.

If the player does move to Bayern Munich, Renato Sanches might have a tough time getting regular playing time. With two hot and young talents willing to showcase their football, it’d be a battle for a first team spot, and would serve neither justice considering their quality.

Manchester United are heard to be on the upfront in the list of clubs wanting Renato Sanches. The German news outlet, Kicker (via GGFN), suggested earlier this week that Bayern might be willing to let their Portuguese prodigy go if they receive a bid on upwards of €35 million.

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Jose Mourinho, for quite some time now, has been interested in the player, and missed out on the chance to bring him to Old Trafford last season.

Mourinho said in an earlier interview: “I arrived late, I signed in May, we started talking a week before, but completely out of the process. If I had arrived earlier, I’d fight for him.”

Renato Sanches is among the best teenage footballers in the world right now, and has multiple records to his name already. He is the youngest Portuguese to play in the Euros, and he was also named the best young player of the tournament in 2016.

He also became the costliest player to leave the Portuguese league (from Benfica), with a deal of €35 million + €45 million in clauses based on objectives. Within a year of playing for the National team, he already has 12 caps to his name.

It’s unusual to see Bayern Munich let go of younger talents, but if they do, the bidding wars for the player ain’t gonna stop low.


Written by Srivats Venkateswaran  

Sports writer with a long experience of writing in football.Was football team head at EssentiallySports. Still deeply misses Sir Alex and Berbatov at United. An introvert at heart with a poetic hand. Engineer by choice, writer by passion.

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