Swansea City pulled off one of the biggest coups of the summer transfer window today with the loan signing of Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich.
The 20-year-old, who joined Bayern in a deal which could eventually be worth up to €80 million last summer, endured a difficult debut season at the Allianz Arena and has now decided the Premier League is the ideal destination to get his career back on track.
Sanches will reunite with Paul Clement, the Swansea City head coach who worked with the Portuguese midfielder at Bayern last season, and becomes the Swans’ third summer signing following the arrivals of Roque Mesa from Las Palmas and Cian Harries from Coventry City.
Clement has described Sanches as “one of Europe’s elite young talents” and believes his attributes will allow him to flourish in England’s top division.
"This move to Swansea and the Premier League will provide him with a real positive development experience,” Clement was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "As a player he is a dynamic, powerful central midfielder who I believe has all the attributes to suit the Premier League.''
Sanches requests bizarre squad number
Shortly after the announcement was made, Swansea surprised everyone by revealing Sanches’ squad number.
The Portugal midfielder opted to take the No. 85 shirt, but why?
Is this why he chose 85?
Well, it turns out 85 was the first number he wore at Benfica, the club where he burst onto the scene and announced himself to the world.
Perhaps he chose 85 for superstitious reasons, who knows.
He'll wear 35 instead
Anyway, Sanches won’t be wearing the No. 85 shirt this season because the Premier League have rejected it. Spoilsports.
Instead, he will wear the No. 35 shirt. Old school football fans can calm down now.
The reason why the Premier League rejected it
But why have the Premier League rejected it?
Well, according to Swansea, there’s a Premier League rule that states squad numbers must be consecutive and close to the current highest numbers.
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