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Chelsea’s interest in Renato Sanches confirmed

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed Chelsea are interested in acquiring the services of Renato Sanches this summer.

Chelsea claimed the Premier League title under Antonio Conte in quite comfortable fashion last season and given their domination, many have touted the Blues to go on and defend their crown during the upcoming campaign as well.

Doing so however, is surely not going to be an easy task for Chelsea as the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have all strengthened their respective squads significantly this summer while Tottenham Hotspur remain as competitive as ever.

Therefore, Chelsea most certainly cannot afford to stand still in the transfer market and they certainly  have not done that by splashing the cash to secure the services of the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and most notably Alvaro Morata.

Despite the huge spending though, Chelsea’s squad at the moment remains very light and it looks certain that the likes of Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic will be leaving Stamford Bridge during the upcoming days of the transfer window.

Chelsea already possess a readymade replacement for Costa in Morata but they will surely need to sign a new midfielder to fill the void that is set to be left by the departure of Matic and a host of names have naturally been linked with a move to the Blues over the past few days.

Bayern Munich youngster Renato Sanches is a name that has popped up as one of the targets for Chelsea in recent times and the chairman of the German giants, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has now seemingly gone on to confirm that the Blues are indeed interested in signing the Portuguese international.

Speaking to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Rummenigge said, “There are at least 10 teams after Sanches. Conte asked for some information about him after Tuesday’s match because he knows he can make the difference on the pitch.

“[Carlo] Ancelotti was pleased with his performance against Chelsea so we can make some decisions on him later. Almost certainly we’ll let him leave just on loan, we still count on him.”

Sanches joined Bayern Munich from Benfica in a big money move after impressing at the 2016 European Championships but the youngster struggled to make a mark at the Allianz Arena and is now widely expected to be departing the club this summer.

Nonetheless, Sanches remains an extremely talented player even though he struggled to impress at Bayern last season and a loan move with an option to buy would surely be a very good move for Chelsea in beefing up their midfield.

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