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Bayern Munich swoop for Sanches and Hummels

Renato Sanches, strongly linked in British media with a move to Manchester United, will join the German champions in June for 35 million euros

Bayern Munich have signed 18-year-old Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches from Benfica and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, the Bundesliga club said on Tuesday.

Sanches, strongly linked in British media with a move to Manchester United, will join the German champions in June on a five-year contract for 35 million euros.

“FC Bayern has been watching Renato Sanches for a long period,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club website.

“We’re pleased we’ve been able to sign him despite big-name international competition. Renato is dynamic, a good tackler and a technically skilled midfielder who’ll add even more strength to our team.”

The box-to-box midfielder has become a mainstay in Benfica coach Rui Vitoria’s team, playing 30 games for the club after making his first-team debut in October.

Sanches caught the eye with a mature display at Bayern’s Allianz Arena when the two sides met in the Champions League quarter-finals last month.

Bayern deputy chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen explained the fee his club paid for Sanches, who is widely regarded as one of the most promising young players in Europe.

“The transfer fee for the current international, who was voted the Shooting Star of Portuguese Football in his home country yesterday evening, is 35 million, plus possible bonus payments that could become due if for example the player is named in the world team of the year or FIFA world player of the year,” Dreesen said.

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