So Renato today confirmed as bought by Bayern Munich on a five year contract for 35 million euros. It's been totally obvious he would leave for the last few months now, so I'm not at surprised. What I am disappointed in is the fee. He has a clause of 80 million, how has he been allowed to leave for less than half of that? And when Manchester United were apparently willing to pay something like 60 million.
Ok to get 35 million euros for a player who has 6 months of a senior career, and who most of us had hardly heard of before the season started, does seem like very good business. But I still think we should have held out for a lot more than that, considering the large number of rich clubs after him and watching him every week. It looks like yet another super speedy sale by LFV and will be another player we let go for less than we could have, had we played harder ball. Imo, Di Maria, Matic, Garay, Andre Gomes among others were all allowed to leave too cheaply, and Sanches joins this list now.
On the positive side, Renato's form has really dropped in the last month or so and he is definitely not indispensable to our team. I think the money we get for him should enable us to hold on to other key players like Gaitan and Jonas for example. We will need to buy a new dynamic CM to replace him in the squad, but I'm also expecting better things from Talisca next season. So Renato leaving has been inevitable for some time now, the lower fee is disappointing, but we should also look on the bright side.