Manchester United have set aside €50m in order to sign SL Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches this summer, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
Man United have sent scouts to watch Sanches on a number of occasions over the course of the campaign, in much the same fashion as did with Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho under David Moyes, which has led to widespread reports of a potential summer move.
The 18-year-old Portuguese midfielder is considered to be one of the most promising young talents in world football having established himself as a key part of the Benfica first team this season, both domestically and in the UEFA Champions League.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is injury-prone, Michael Carrick is entering the twilight of his career and there is a question mark over Marouane Fellaini’s long-term future at Old Trafford. So, United are certainly going to have to strengthen the midfield heavily over the next couple of summers.
€50m is a lot of money to spend on a young player but Anthony Martial set a precedent in that if the right player is signed, money or age is irrelevant. As Sir Matt Busby once said, if they are good enough they are old enough.
Could Sanches be the latest teenage prodigy to play for United? A Bola certainly seems to think so.