Renato Sanches’ loan spell at AS Roma is turning into a nightmare for the Portuguese midfielder. After just 227 minutes of playing time in all competitions, the Giallorossi are ready to terminate his loan deal early, according to Footmercato.
Sanches arrived in Rome last summer with the hope of reviving his career after a difficult spell at Bayern Munich and a first season at Paris Saint-Germain that was marred by injuries. However, he has struggled to make an impact in the Italian capital, with Mourinho questioning his fitness and mental strength.
“Renato Sanches is a player who is too often uncertain,” the Portuguese coach said in September. “It’s difficult to understand. Bayern Munich didn’t understand, PSG didn’t understand, and we’re getting tired of trying to understand. He’s a great player who needs to play.”
Mourinho even substituted Sanches after just 18 minutes of his only start for the club in the Europa League against Leicester City.
Now, the Roma hierarchy are ready to take action. They are in talks with PSG about terminating the loan deal, with the aim of freeing up a place in their squad for Sardar Azmoun or Rasmus Nissen Kristensen.
PSG are open to the idea of terminating the loan, but only if Sanches’ agent, Jorge Mendes, can find him another club. The French champions have already signed Gabriel Moscardo from Fluminense, and they are not keen to pay Sanches’ wages if he is not going to play.
Sanches’ departure would be another blow to his career. He is still only 26 years old, but he has struggled to find a permanent home since leaving Benfica in 2016.