Chelsea want to sign talented 19-year-old star, confirms journalist

Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth confirms Chelsea want to sign Bayern Munich teenager Renato Sanches this summer

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Chelsea are interested in signing Bayern Munich teenager Renato Sanches, according to Dharmesh Sheth.

The Portugal international has been made available to sign on loan by the Bundesliga champions after Sanches struggled in his first season in Germany.

Manchester United were thought to be heading Premier League interest in the promising 19-year-old midfielder in the summer transfer window.

However, Chelsea have now emerged as potential contenders to sign the former Benfica midfielder as Antonio Conte looks to improve his squad depth ahead of a return to the Champions League.

The Premier League champions have already signed four players in the summer transfer window, including AS Monaco defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in a £39m deal.

But Serbia international Nemanja Matic could be set to leave the west London club amid interest from their title rivals Manchester United.

Sky Sports News reporter Sheth confirmed that Chelsea are looking to secure a deal to sign Sanches but face competition from Serie A giants AC Milan.

“Let’s go to Chelsea – they’re interested in the Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches,” Sheth told Sky Sports News on Friday morning.

“The Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Antonio Conte asked Carlo Ancelotti about the player. Rummenigge also said that Sanches would not be sold – but they would consider a loan.

“AC Milan remain favourites – they are Sanches’ preferred destination and the Italian club have been negotiating for the past month. No doubt, Chelsea want additions.”

Fact file: Renato Sanches

– Renato Sanchez progressed through the Benfica youth ranks before breaking into the first-team in October 2015.

– The teenager scored two goals in 35 appearances in all competitions in 2015-16 to attract interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

– Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich won the race to sign Sanches but the promising midfielder only made 17 appearances in the German top flight last season.

– Sanches scored his first Portugal goal in a 1-1 draw with Poland in the European championship quarter-final in 2016.

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