Manchester United sent scouts to watch Benfica’s Renato Sanches in action for Portugal against Belgium on Tuesday as they step up plans to make a £46m move for the 18-year-old this summer, according to MailOnline.
Sanches started on the substitute’s bench against Portugal but he replaced Adrien Silva at half-time at Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa.
The youngster is widely considered to be one of the finest young talents in world football having established himself as a key member of Benfica’s side over the course of the campaign.
Man United have watched Sanches, who is represented by super agent Jorge Mendes, on a number of occasions this term and they are said to be ready to launch a move worth an initial £31m with £15m in add-ons.
However, Benfica reportedly want Sanches to remain at the club for another season. He has a buyout clause of £60m.
If United did add Sanches to their ranks they would arguably have three of the most promising young players in the world in him, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial. It would be exciting to see but supporters may be hoping for more immediate success next season.