In Focus: Chelsea or Man United should buy Sanches despite Bayern woes

According to reports in German newspaper Bild, via The Sun, Chelsea and Manchester United have been alerted to the news that Bayern Munich could look to sell Douglas Costa and Renato Sanches this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the duo have endured disappointing seasons with the Bundesliga champions and as manager Carlo Ancelotti looks to free up space in his squad so he can bring in new signings, he is understood to have identified the duo as players that can leave this summer.

The news will have caught the attentions of the Blues and the Red Devils, who are both looking to strengthen their attacking options ahead of Champions League campaigns next term.

United were interested in Sanches last summer before he moved to Germany instead, and Jose Mourinho could reignite a move for the 19-year-old in the coming weeks.

Why were they so disappointing?

Sanches arrived at Bayern for a fee of around £28m last summer following a string of impressive displays for Benfica and the Portugal national side, but he has failed to replicate those performances this term.

The forward made just 25 appearances in all competitions – with many of those being cameos from the substitutes’ bench – and he failed to score a single goal or provide an assist.

Meanwhile, Costa fared slightly better making 34 outings in all competitions and netting seven goals and laying on nine assists for his teammates.

However, his performances have dropped from the explosive showings we saw just a couple of years ago and Bayern could be ready to cash in.

How much would they cost?

Even Bayern signed Sanches for an initial £28m fee, it could rise to £60m with add-ons and the German outfit are keen to sell him for £30m before they have to do that.

Costa’s contract at the Allianz Arena runs until 2020 but with little chance of being a first team regular next term, they could look to sell him for around £30m this summer.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, there is no doubt that Sanches has a lot of potential – even if he has failed to show it at Bayern – and he will certainly be a target for both Chelsea and Manchester United if he is sold, while Costa would add something from an attacking point of view for both clubs too.