Renato Sanches’ agent, Jorge Mendes, has told O Jogo that Manchester United made a €40m (€30m + €10m in bonuses) bid to sign the 18-year-old midfielder.
Sanches has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Benfica and established himself as an important part of the first team, having made 15 appearances in all competitions despite his tender age.
Mendes, who represents Sanches, said United made a late bid for Sanches last week in the final stages of the January transfer window but it was rejected.
Louis van Gaal has brought the likes of Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Memphis Depay to United during his time in charge and Sanches would fit the bill of another promising youngster if he was to come in.
In terms of price, €40m for an 18-year-old breaking through in the Portuguese League is eye-watering but so was the Martial deal which saw him join from AS Monaco. In that sense, nothing would really surprise me.
As for the Sanches deal, we’ve got a close working relationship with Mendes and have done for some time so he’s probably actively pushing the youngster towards Old Trafford. By the sounds of it, we tried our utmost to bring him in this January but will have to stump up €60m in cash to sign him. Would we be willing to pay that and repeat the Martial deal?