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Renato Sanches to sign for Manchester United

Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches is set to sign for Manchester United in a 35 million pound deal

Sanches is a player United have been linked with for some time and with rumours circulating in the January transfer window that a deal was close, it appears United finally have their man.

The truth is United have been scouting Sanches for most of the season, again evidencing Van Gaal’s intent to bring in the best youth talent in the world. And Renato Sanches certainly fits in to that category. His rise this season has been nothing short of sensational.

Turning 18 back in August Sanches made his debut last October, after a string of poor results for Benfica, and the impact was immediate. The improvement in Benfica’s fortunes since Sanches’s introduction to the first team have been plain for all to see, with team performances electrifying the Estadio De Luz and a winning streak that has put them in pole position for the title. Renato Sanches is widely credited amongst supporters and the media as the reason for Benfica’s improvement, which is probably why the club offered him a new contract back in November with a 35 million buyout clause.

So how does he play? A box to box midfielder in the traditional sense of the word, Sanches is quick, athletic with a ferocious shot. Everything points to his game being tailor made for the premier league and he very much fits in to that Fosu-Mensah, Rashford, Martial category of being confident, talented and ready to play way beyond their years.

35 million is a big outlay for an 18 year old with less than a season of first team football behind him but the feeling is this will be money very well spent by the Manchester United hierarchy.

The rumored move will do nothing to quell the Jose Mourinho to United talk either. Mourinho is a long time admirer of Sanches and is said to have been eyeing him up for Chelsea before his dismissal. Renato Sanches is also a client of Jorge Mendes, Mourinho’s agent. Coincidence or yet another sign that this is going to be a very exciting summer of Manchester United fans?

United close in on £60m Renato Sanches

It has been reported in the Daily Mail that Manchester United are moving closer to securing the services of 18 year old Benfica youngster, Renato Sanches.

It is understood that talks were held in London on Friday with United apparently prepared to meet the £60m buy-out clause.

Although the price tag is very high for an 18 year old, it is believed that Benfica would sell the player for half the amount with the rest paid in add-ons.

United’s top scouts held a recruitment meeting last week where it was decided that the club should act now rather than wait until the summer with other big clubs interested in signing the player.

Sanches broke into the Benfica team this season and plays as an attacking midfielder who can play through the middle and out wide.

Scouts from United were originally watching Goncalo Guedes but when they spotted Sanches they decided it was him they wanted.

If you would like to read the full article on the Daily Mail website, please click here.

So what do you think about this? Is £60m too much for a player of that age? Let us know in the comments below.

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