Six months ago the name Renato Sanches wouldn't have meant much to most football fans around the world.
It was only after European giants Bayern Munich and Manchester United started tracking the progress of the 18-year-old that most of us became aware of the highly rated Benfica youngster.
Much to the anger of Red Devils fans, the German side won the race to land his signature in May by agreeing a deal worth an initial €35 million and even then there were still doubts that someone so young could have been worth so much money.
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However after lighting up Euro 2016 and becoming a key man in Portugal's successful route to glory there was little ambiguity left to suggest Bayern hadn't landed themselves a future star.
Sanches' eye-catching performances in France saw him rightly awarded the Young Player of the Tournament by UEFA and his new club's chairman has openly admitted that Bayern were fortunate to complete the transfer before Euro 2016 had started.
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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Sanches' increased profile and form during the competition would have seriously dented the German champions' chances of being able to afford him.
"It's extraordinary when someone plays at the Euros like he did at the tender age of 18. I was nowhere near that level at the age of 18. But then again, he does seem to have extraordinary talents," Rummenigge told German newspaper Soester Anzeiger, as per Goal.
"We are happy that we made the decision to sign him quite early, after the Champions League quarter-final tie against Benfica. And we are very happy that we had the courage to spend big on him in April because €35 million is a lot of money.
"Bayern would not have been able to afford him had we tried to sign him after the Euros. We would be talking about crazy money now. And he would definitely not be playing in the Bundesliga next term then."
With Man United seemingly comfortable forking out over £100 million on Juventus star Paul Pogba, Rummenigge's latest comments suggest the English club could well have secured another expensive signing if Bayern hadn't acted so quickly.
New manager Carlo Ancelotti will certainly be feeling grateful for their swift work and can focus on somehow fitting Europe's next big thing into a Bayern side already full of attacking talent.
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