Manchester United are close to sealing a deal for Benfica’s young Portuguese international Renato Sanches, thought to be worth €60m.
According to a report in The Guardian, Jamie Jackson suggests that United hope to complete the deal and structure the payments in the same manner that saw them seal the signature of Anthony Martial from Monaco last summer.
The report, also backed up by Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio, also suggests that Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich and Manchester City are also interested in Sanches, but that United believe they are best placed to complete a deal.
Given the club’s need to reinvigorate their midfield with Michael Carrick coming to the end of his career and Bastian Schweinsteiger enduring a frustrating, injury-filled campaign in his first year at Old Trafford, a move for the young Portuguese makes sense. United have reportedly been tracking the Benfica midfielder for most of this season, with regular reports of United scouts present at their matches.
Sanches, 18, has made 18 appearances and scored twice for Benfica’s first team this season having spent the last two years playing for the club’s B team.