Manchester United have seemingly missed out on another top target after Bayern Munich confirmed they’ve won the race to sign Benfica teenager Renato Sanches.
The 18-year-old – who is considered one of the most exciting upcoming talents in Europe – had been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
But the Bundesliga’s club twitter account broke the news on Tuesday that they’ve snapped up the Portuguese midfielder for a deal believed to be around €35 million.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) May 10, 2016
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the transfer on the club’s website, he said: “We have been watching Renato Sanches for a long period of time at Bayern.
“We are delighted to have signed him despite renowned international competition for our club. Renato is a dynamic, combative and a technically gifted midfielder who will strengthen our team further.”
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) May 10, 2016
Sanches is just the latest top target that United have missed out on under executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
The Red Devils also lost out on the pursuit of Thiago Alcantara, who joined Bayern from Barcelona, Toni Kroos who left Bayern to join Real Madrid and Spain striker Pedro who went to Chelsea from Barca.