According to the Portuguese paper Record, Manchester United are in negotiations with Benfica over the signing of Renato Sanches. The 18-year-old has been catching the eye of everyone with his performances this season, especially in the UEFA Champions League in February where he earned himself a place in the Team of the Week for how well he played against Zenit St. Petersburg. It’s believed that United sent scouts to Portugal to watch Sanches against Belgium on Tuesday night once again, as they previously scouted the midfielder when he played against Sporting Lisbon in March.
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are also among those interested but Benfica are thought to want at least €60 million (£47 million) with a substantial upfront payment in the region of £30 million.
Sanches is a very promising young talent, but considering the fact that the Old Trafford club will need to make an immediate return to the Champions League, he could be too young and inexperienced.
He has a £62.5m (€80m) release clause, even if the reports are to believed and Sanches could be sold for £47m, making any move to Manchester for that sort of fee very unlikely. Benfica manager Rui Vitoria is relaxed about the possibility of any club coming in for Renato, that basically means the Eagles have included Sanches in their long-term plans.