Former Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has admitted that he had scouted Renato Sanches on a number of occasions during the 2015/16 season.
Sanches was one of the hottest properties in world football not too long ago due to his fine performances for Benfica and the midfielder’s stock was raised even further after he played a key role in helping Portugal claim the 2016 European Championships.
A host of clubs were certainly interested in acquiring Sanches as a result and it was Bayern Munich who managed to sign the 20-year-old from Benfica in a big money move costing the German giants around £30million.
Sanches did not quite fulfill his potential in his first season at the Allianz Arena though and the Portuguese international has surprisingly joined Swansea City on a loan deal till the end of the season this summer as he looks to revive his career.
Sanches made his debut for Swansea during their 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday and ahead of the clash, former Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs admits scouting the young man for the Red Devils over a potential transfer a few years ago.
Giggs told the Press Association, “I was watching him for United a few years ago and I was impressed – I thought he was a really talented player. He showed it then and he showed it in the Euros.
“It didn’t quite happen for him last year for Bayern, which can happen; a young player moving country, different language, a big club and a lot of expectation.
“But he is a talent and the Premier League will suit him because he’s an aggressive player. He can tackle, he can get forward and he’s going to a club that play football the right way so I think he’ll be a success.”