Pundit tells Chelsea exciting 19-year-old isn’t ready for summer transfer

ESPN FC pundit Paul Mariner doesn't believes Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches isn't ready for Chelsea switch this summer

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Renato Sanches isn’t ready to move to Premier League champions Chelsea, according to Paul Mariner.

The Portugal international is available to sign on loan from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window.

Chelsea faced Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly last month and Sanches was linked with a potential move to the west London side following the clash.

Indeed, Bayern confirmed that Chelsea manager Conte had asked about the 19-year-old following the 1-1 draw.

However, Chelsea’s title rivals Liverpool have since emerged as potential contenders to sign the teenager over the past couple of days.

Speaking to ESPN FC about Sanches’ next move, former Arsenal striker Mariner explained why a move to Chelsea wouldn’t suit the Portuguese talent.

Asked whether Sanches was ready for a Chelsea switch, Mariner said: “Not yet.

“It would be too much for him. If he goes to Chelsea, he goes into rotation. It’s not what he wants. He is a fantastic player. He is a sensational player.”

Chelsea won the Premier League title after finishing seven points ahead of closest title rivals Tottenham Hotspur last season.

The Blues have signed goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata so far this summer.

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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