The 18-year-old made his Primeira Liga debut just a matter of months ago but has already become a Portugal international, earned comparisons with Ronaldinho and emerged as the most sought-after youngster in Europe.
Indeed, Manchester United have been linked with the box-to-box midfielder repeatedly since seeing a £31million bid rejected by Benfica during the January transfer window.
The Telegraph describe him as a ‘leading summer transfer target’ for the Old Trafford outfit but report that Bayern Munich have now beaten the Red Devils to the teenager’s signature.
The German giants are recruiting quickly to have a squad in place for when Carlo Ancelotti succeeds Pep Guardiola, bound for Manchester City, at the start of next season and have also wrapped up a deal for defender Mats Hummels.
They paid an initial £27.6million for Sanches but could ultimately cough up double that sum in potential add-ons, with extra fees agreed should the Portuguese make it into the World Team of the Year or win the Ballon d’Or.