In a summer of madness one loan move has risen above all.
Renato Sanches, Euro 2016-winner and current Golden Boy holder, has joined Swansea on loan for the remainder of the season.
While that news alone should be enough to heal Swansea fans’ wounds left by Gylfi Sigurdsson’s departure, there’s more.
According to The Sun, Swansea will have the option of signing the Bayern Munich star on a permanent basis at the end of the season for £30million.
The whole thing is bonkers… beautifully bonkers.
Speaking to Swansea’s website, manager Paul Clement said: “I’m delighted to secure his services, he is a player I know well having worked with him for six months at Bayern Munich before my own move to Swansea.
“Having moved from Benfica to Bayern Munich, he has not played as much as he would have liked.
“But this move to Swansea and the Premier League will provide him with a real positive development experience.
“As a player he is a dynamic, powerful central midfielder who I believe has all the attributes to suit the Premier League.’’
Clement’s previous time working alongside Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern has worked out wonderfully for the Swans.
Sanches was a key figure in Benfica’s double-winning campaign of 2015/16 and Portugal’s historic Euro 2016 triumph.
The 20-year-old has struggled since joining Bayern last summer in a deal which may rise to £52million.
French giants Monaco and Premier League high-flyers Liverpool were also keen, but Clement’s links with his former employers at the Allianz Arena has enabled him to complete the audacious switch.
What a time to be alive.
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