Swansea City have secured the surprise signing of Renato Sanchez from Bayern Munich on transfer deadline day.
The Portugal international has been allowed to join the Swans on a season-loan loan despite receiving offers from several high-profile clubs across Europe.
The 20-year-old midfielder joined the Bavarian giants from Benfica in May last year, and he followed to shine for Portugal at the European Championships where they beat France in the final. However, his career followed to take a downslide at the Allianz Arena as he managed just six Bundesliga starts under Carlo Ancelotti.
Clement, who had been Ancelotti's long-term assistant, took advantage of his close relationship with the Italian and the Bayern hierarchy in order to pursue the services of Sanchez. He added that the move was planned much earlier in the summer, and the German champions were in preference of the player joining the Swans, where he would be assured of regular game time.
He said: "I first contacted Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who is chief executive at Bayern Munich, early in the summer,’’ explained Clement who worked with Sanchez for six months during his time as assistant-manager at the Allianz Arena. They felt Swansea was a place he could be coached and developed - and where he would play more regularly. I'd like to thank Karl and Carlo for showing their trust in the club and myself as a coach by allowing Sanchez to come."
Apart from Sanchez, the Welsh outfit also signed Wilfried Bony from Manchester City, and he will provide the much-needed boost in the forward department following the departure of Fernando Llorente to Tottenham Hotspur.
Bony bagged 35 goals in 70 outings during his previous stint at Swansea City between 2013 and 2015, and he will relish the opportunity of leading the attack once again, although he could face potential competition from on-loan Chelsea marksman Tammy Abraham.