Bayern Reject Milan's Transfer Approach for Midfielder Renato Sanches Despite Poor First Season

Sunday July 30th, 2017

Bayern Munich have rejected an offer from AC Milan for midfielder Renato Sanches.

The 19-year-old struggled during his first season with the Bundesliga giants, making 17 league appearances and failing to contribute a goal or an assist as the likes of Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal and Thiago Alcantara featured heavily.

Sanches is still seen as a hugely promising young player and Bayern remain eager to keep hold of the teenager, with Sky Sports believing the German side have rejected a €10m loan offer from Milan with the possibility of a €35-40m permanent switch.

The former Benfica man has previously spoken out at his dismay over his playing time, citing Milan as a potential destination should he decide his development is being halted by Bayern.

He told SportBild: "I'm not satisfied. Of course I would like to play more. This is why I want to join a club where I could get more playing time.

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"Milan is an interesting option," added the Portugal international. 

"If the opportunity arises and the clubs can agree, I would like to see them. I am now on tour with Bayern but after that we will get together in Munich and hopefully find a solution.

"I'm young, I want and I have to play a lot. I think the chance to do so is greater in Milan than in Munich."

Sanches made a name for himself during the 2015-16 season as he helped Portugal to the Euro 2016 championship, playing in the final before his replacement Eder scored the winner to beat France in extra time.

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