Bayern Munich have dismissed claims that wonderkid Renato Sanches could become the club's most expensive player ever if he makes one more appearance this season.
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According to Bild, there is a clause in the Portuguese star's contract stating that Benfica would earn £4 million (R68 million) if he makes 25 appearances this season.
Sanches signed for the Bavarian outfit at the beginning of the campaign for an initial fee of £30 million (R515 million), but with a number of additional clauses said to be in his contract, his final price could apparently rise to £67 million (R1.15 billion), according to the German publication.
Bayern's current record signing is Spaniard Javi Martinez, who cost the club £33 million (R584 million) when they bought him from Spanish side Athletic Bilbao back in 2012.
Sanches has made 24 appearances for the Bundesliga giants this season – 16 of those have come in the league, six in the UEFA Champions League, and two in the German Cup.
The former Benfica starlet could make his next appearance this weekend, when Bayern take on league minnows Darmstadt 98, and the report suggested that the German giants would then have to pay the extra fee to Benfica.
However, Bayern have since denied the existence of the 25-match clause in the player's contract.
"On the media reports that FC Bayern Munich will have to pay an additional payment of $5 million to his former club, Benfica, upon the next appearance of Renato Sanches, FC Bayern makes clear: this story is false," a statement on the Bavarian club's website read.
"In addition, FC Bayern will not disclose any information about the contract."
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