Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that Portugal international Renato Sanches could possibly leave the Bavarian giants this summer, with the 19-year-old's future shrouded in smoke.
Sanches made a huge impression on many of the onlooking scouts during last year's European Championships, but Bayern would be the ones to win the race for his signature, despite Manchester United appearing to be in pole position.
After an unexpected and underwhelming campaign during which a meager six appearances were handed out, Sanches is thought to be contemplating another move. And United have been linked yet again.
Ancelotti has begrudgingly confessed that an exit is indeed possible in the current window, but also highlighted the possibility of the player remaining to fight for a place in his squad.
"At this time, he's training with us. We have to make a decision," the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss said following questions over Sanches' future, via Sky Sports. "A move could be a possibility but there is also a chance he could stay with us for the season."
Another player linked with a transfer is Chilean midfield enforcer Arturo Vidal. However, Ancelotti's assessment bore no equivocation when he was quizzed on the matter.
"Vidal is our player, I have a lot of confidence," he declared. "I know there are rumours and we're used to rumours. He'll stay with us 100 per cent - I'm confident about that."
The German side will face Premier League champions Chelsea in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday as they continue their preparations for the season that lies ahead. And Sanches will certainly be hoping for a chance to prove his worth.