Manchester United have suffered a transfer blow after one of their top targets of the summer Renato Sanches agreed a move to Bayern Munich – while the club have also finalised the re-signing of Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund.
Highly-rated Benfica star Sanches was being courted by some of Europe’s top clubs, with reports suggesting the 18-year-old was one of United’s top target of the summer.
However, Bayern have stolen a march on all their rivals by completing a £27.5m deal for the midfielder, who signed a five-year deal with the club on Tuesday morning. The deal will, however, be heavily incentivised, with a number of additional payments potentially taking the deal up 80million euros.
Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed the player passed a medical with the club on Monday and said of the 35million euros deal: “We’ve been watching him a long time.
“We are delighted to have signed him despite renowned international competition for our club. Renato is a dynamic, two combative and technically gifted midfielder who will strengthen our team further.”
Bavaria’s deputy CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen added:” The transfer fee is 35 million euros, plus any bonus payments, which could for example be due if the player is shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or. ”
Hummels joins Bayern Munich
On a busy day for the club, Bayern has also agreed a deal to re-sign Hummels from Dortmund.
The centre-half, who was also being chased by a number of Premier League clubs, had one year left on his deal with BVB, but re-joins his former club for a fee of 38million euros. The 27-year-old Germany international has also signed a deal to 2021.
Hummels made the switch from Bayern to Dortmund in 2008 having made only one first-team appearance for the Bavarian side, and has since established himself as a key man for club and country.
“We’re delighted that Mats Hummels has decided to join Bayern,” said Rummenigge on his club’s website.
“Mats is one of the best central defenders in the world and we’re able to improve the quality of our team even further with him.”
Hummels had informed Dortmund recently of his desire to leave them this summer, a year before his contract in Westphalia was due to expire, and return to Munich.
But he told the club’s website: “This was not an easy decision for me after eight and a half successful years with BVB.
“I was always proud and still am to wear the BVB shirt and to be part of this extraordinary team.”
Hummels’ current and future employers meet in the final of the DFB-Pokal on May 21 and he stressed he remains committed to Dortmund.
“Before I return to my home city in the summer, we still have the huge, mutual goal of bringing the DFB-Pokal back to Dortmund and celebrating a huge festival of football with the BVB fans,” he said.
“I and my team-mates will give everything for that.”
Hummels follows Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze in leaving Dortmund for Bayern in recent seasons.
Dortmund host Cologne on Saturday in their final league game of the season and general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke has appealed to his club’s fans to back rather than barrack their departing captain.
“I would like to stress that Mats behaved very openly and fairly towards us at all times,” he said.
“Mats won two Bundesliga titles with BVB, and the double in 2012. He reached the final of the Champions League with us in 2013 and became world champion in 2014 while a Dortmund player.
“We respect Mats’ decision and hope that, both for him and BVB, he receives the recognition during his last few weeks for the Black-and-Yellows that he deserves, and that he leaves Dortmund with the DFB-Pokal in his hands.”