Carlo Ancelotti refuses to rule out selling Renato Sanches this summer

by Leo Nieboer

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has refused to rule out the prospect of letting Renato Sanches leave the Allianz Arena this summer.

The German champions signed the 20-year-old – who had dazzled with both Benfica and the Portugual national side – last summer after Manchester United stalled over the deal.

But his debut season has been one to forget, with the Portuguese managing just two starts since the turn of the year and 615 minutes of Bundesliga action overall.

And Ancelotti, speaking on the subject of Sanches, noted that his destination next season very much remained an open question.

“The market stops August 31 at the moment he is working with us and training with us,” he said.

“When we have time to take a decision together it can be a possibility. [It is] also a possibility he stays with us and helps us.”

Reports have suggested that Bayern would be willing to let the youngster leave on loan to receive more game time elsewhere this season, whilst simultaneously lowering his valuation to £23m. 

And with Mourinho still looking to bolster his side’s attacking frontier, whilst also being openly admiring of the youngster, he would be foolish to not take advantage of Ancelotti’s clear ambivalence to the midfielder.


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