Manchester United may have completed the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Portuguese starlet Renato Sanches wasn’t as forthcoming when approached by the Premier League side.
According to his international teammate Nani, Sanches snubbed United to join Bayern Munich this past May for an initial fee of £27.5 million.
“Renato would have been a great signing for Man United. I have no doubts,” Nani said (via Sky Sports). “But he had a choice – and the choice he made was Bayern Munich.
“I hope he has made a good choice and that he is happy in his career, but I think United will now know what a big player they have missed.”
Sanches played a pivotal role in Portugal’s Euro 2016 win over Poland on Thursday, scoring a first-half equaliser to cancel out Robert Lewandowski’s opener as well as scoring in the penalty shootout that followed.
The strike was Sanches’ first international goal for Portugal and Nani believes the 18-year-old has the ability to show quality no matter the competition.
“Renato is a very confident player,” he added. “He is very young, but he already has a great personality for the game. He isn’t scared to play in the big games and he isn’t scared to show his qualities against any opponent.
“It is good to see another young player want to be a star and to achieve his dreams. You must be like that. You can’t be afraid of anything – and he isn’t.”
Portugal will face Wales in the semi-final of the competition after the latter’s destruction of Belgium on Friday night.
Sanches wasn’t favored in the group stages of the competition, but his performances in the knockout stages will no doubt guarantee him a starting place on Wednesday.
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) June 30, 2016
James McDonald, Pundit Arena
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