Bayern Munich’s Sanches set for Lille move


The 22-year-old Bayern Munich’s unsettled Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches is set to sign a five-year contract with Ligue 1 side Lille.

This is according to a source close to the French club.

Sanchez was expected to arrive in northern France on Friday to undergo a medical before closing the deal with a club who will compete in the Champions League group stage after finishing second in Ligue 1 last season.

The source said Lille, whose recruitment strategy is controlled by Portuguese transfer guru Luis Campos, will pay in the region of 20 million euros ($22.1 million) to sign the former Benfica player.

After spending the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Swansea City, Sanches returned and featured occasionally for Niko Kovac’s side last season.

However, he was fined 10,000 euros by the club after he publicly complained of a lack of game time and stated his desire to leave following a cameo appearance in Bayern’s 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin in their Bundesliga season opener last Friday.

And his chances of featuring more prominently were hit by the arrival at Bayern of Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona.

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