Romano: Sanches was decisive for Lille at San Siro – how close he came to joining Milan

By Isak Möller -

Renato Sanches dominated at San Siro. He did it with personality, quality and talent on Thursday evening as his Lille managed to end Milan’s impressive unbeaten run, three years after almost joining them. 

As reported by Fabrizio Romano, it was in the summer of 2017, when the midfielder was just 20-years-old. Milan’s sporting director at the time, Max Mirabelli, had practically sealed the operation: a permanent move to exploit the player’s talent.

However, then Bayern Munich’s vice-president, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, stepped in and said no to the deal. He didn’t want to let Sanches leave on a permanent basis and offered to send him out on loan instead, which Milan rejected.

Swansea then signed the Portuguese midfielder, who disappointed with his performances in the Premier League. Of course, Milan have no regrets, especially if you look at their current midfield but Sanches’s display on Thursday was special.

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