German giants Bayern Munich have secured the services of Renato Sanches from Benfica for a fee believed to be in the region of around £27 million.
Sanches has emerged as one of the finest young midfielders around Europe following his exploits with Benfica this season and it was widely reported by the English media over the past few weeks that Premier League giants Manchester United were leading the race to sign the 18-year old.
Claims were made that United were ready to pay as much as big money in order to lure Sanches away from the Estádio da Luz and many had gone as far as claiming that the potential transfer was virtually a done deal, with The Mail reporting a deal was close to being completed late last month.
In a surprise twist to the tale though, it has been confirmed that German giants Bayern Munich have managed to secure the services of Sanches ahead of United. Confirming the deal, Bayern posted the following image on their official Twitter handle,
Although exact details of the transfer has not been disclosed as of yet, it is believed that Bayern have agreed to pay £27.6 million to sign Sanches and the Portuguese international has put pen to paper on a five year deal at the Allianz Arena.