One of the most surprising deals of the summer, let alone deadline day, has just been announced.
In recent times, rumours were swirling that Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches was on his way to Swansea in an incredible loan deal and now the Swans have announced the deal in brilliant fashion with the following superbly edited clip featuring Cristiano Ronaldo:
After impressing at Benfica as a youngster, Sanches got his big move to Bayern Munich for a fee of £27.5 million in 2016 but despite an impressive Euro 2016 campaign as Portugal went all the way in France, he only made 26 appearances for the Bavarian giants last season and was heavily linked with a move away as a result.
The likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and AC Milan were all said to be interested in the 2016 Golden Boy winner but Paul Clement's relationship with Carlo Ancelotti, who who he worked with as his right-hand man at Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern, has proved dividends and now Swansea have landed a real coup - with Sanches joining on a season-long loan with no option to buy as was previously mentioned.
Sanches is more or less a like-for-like replacement for Gylfi Sigurdsson, who eventually joined for £45 million after a long, drawn out saga. Here's what fans made of Swansea's tidy bit of business:
Sanches becomes Swansea's fifth signing of a summer window which has included the loan capture of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, Spanish midfielder Roque Mesa and Sam Clucas.
They are also expected to close out a £12 million deal to bring Wilfried Bony back to the Liberty Stadium. In terms of outgoings, Fernando Llorente is on the move - with the latest being that he is undergoing a medical at Tottenham but Chelsea are still not completely out of the race.
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Topics: Swansea City, Renato Sanches