The remarkable rise, fall and rise again of new PSG signing Renato Sanches
Written by Kieran Miller
PSG have completed the notable signing of 24-year-old Renato Sanches on a permanent deal worth £15m
The Midfielder commenced his career at Portuguese giants Benfica where he spent 6 years in the club’s youth system and first team. In July of 2016 he completed a huge £31m transfer to Bayern Munich who at time were being coached by current Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti. He earned this move after he had helped guide Portugal to their first international trophy in the 2016 Euro’s, where he also won the ‘young player of the tournament’ and in the same year won the ‘Golden Boy award.’
Renato had high hopes, and when he was informed, he would be moving on loan to the Premier League he was under the impression that the move would be to Chelsea or Manchester United. However, he was later announced as Swansea City’s new midfielder.
Sanches was modestly described as the best player in training when former Swansea manager, Paul Clement reviewed the 24-year-old’s loan spell but unfortunately, he couldn’t perform in the league making mistake after mistake. Renato also picked up a hamstring injury in the same year which considered his chances of picking up form difficult. In the same season the Welsh side was unfortunately relegated the Championship after finishing 18th. The loan spell was poor, and Sanches was traditionally described my many as a ‘flop.’
In 2018, Renato ultimately returned to Bayern Munich with terribly diminished expectations from the fans. In that season played 24 times (in all competitions) for the German giants where he scored two and assisted three times. An ankle and Hamstring problems ruled Sanches out of the league and DFB-Pokal games.
In the summer of 2019, Sanches entered Champions League side, Lille OSC for £16m. He’s been a consistent performer for Les Douges, representing a tremendous part in their title winning campaign. His career has picked up since his move and his transfer to PSG will be a move he was hoping to get while he was at Bayern Munich.
Renato will now hope to reignite the support and to become the player he was once pitched to be…