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Renato Sanches (left) and Mats Hummels will join Bayern Munich in the summer

Bayern sign Hummels, Sanches

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Bayern Munich have signed Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches and Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels, Sky Sports reports. Several national newspapers linked the 18-year-old Sanches with Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool in the January transfer window.

But German giants Bayern have completed a deal for the Portuguese player, who will move to Munich in the summer for an undisclosed fee. And they have also bolstered their defence with the acquisition of Dortmund’s German international centre-back Hummels on a deal until 2021.

Speaking of the Sanches transfer, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “Renato Sanches is a dynamic, technically-gifted midfielder who is strong in the tackle and will strengthen our squad.” And on Hummels, Rummenigge added: “Mats is one of the world’s best centre-backs. He will increase the quality of our team even more.”

Sanches signed a new contract at Benfica in November, which contained a release clause which would be triggered by a transfer offer of £35m (45m euros) – Bayern have paid an initial fee of £27.5m (35m euros).

Bayern deputy chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen commented: “The transfer fee for the current international, who was voted the Shooting Star of Portuguese Football in his home country yesterday evening, is 35m euros, plus possible bonus payments that could become due if for example the player is named in the World Team of the Year or FIFA World Player of the Year.”

Hummels, 27, had one year left on his contract at Dortmund, who had placed a “non-negiotable” price tag of £31.5m (40m euros) on the 46-cap international.

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