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In Focus: United on alert after Sanches comments, but will they move?

Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has admitted that he wants to leave the German champions amid interest from both Manchester United and AC Milan, according to The Independent.

What’s the word?

The Portuguese wonderkid, who left Benfica for the Bundesliga a year ago after lighting up the stage on the way to winning the European Championships alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, has grown frustrated at a lack of playing time and is ready to move on.

“I’m not satisfied,” he admitted after Carlo Ancelotti’s side beat his former club and Premier League champions Chelsea in pre-season.

“Of course, I would like to play more that’s why I want to change and go to a club where I would play more.

“AC Milan is an interesting option. If the opportunity emerges and the clubs can agree, I would like to know.

“I’m now with Bayern but when we go back to Munich from Asia, we will sit together and hopefully find a solution.

“I’m young, I want and I have to play a lot. I think the chance to do so is greater in Milan than in Munich.”

The central midfielder, who was handed just six league starts last season, has been on Jose Mourinho’s radar for sometime, and the former Real Madrid boss claimed he would have been a United player if he had been in charge earlier.

While Sanches has spoken highly of Milan, given United’s standing a superior financial clout, it would be naive to rule out a move to Old Trafford.

Is there a need?

Not overly. Midfield is an area in which Mourinho is well stocked, with the only real addition needed being a holding player to take the place of newly appointed captain Michael Carrick when he leaves the club.

Sanches, though, is of a more attacking mind and while he could still be moulded to fit Mourinho’s needs, being just 19, he has a clear spark for carrying the ball forward from deep.

While many would see this as a good asset in a player, and one which would add to a squad, it would then hamper the creative freedom afforded to the likes of Paul Pogba, who would be forced to contribute more on the defensive side.

Article title: In Focus: United on alert after Sanches comments, but will they move?

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