Benfica president in Manchester to complete Renato Sanches deal – report

by Tanveer Arayan

Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira has been in Manchester this week in an attempt to finalise Renato Sanches’ move to Manchester United, according to O Jogo.

Vieira, along with Sanches’ representative, super agent Jorge Mendes, reportedly met with Man United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward recently to discuss the move.

O Jogo report that Mendes was pictured at Hotel Football, which is just outside Old Trafford, on Tuesday with Valencia owner Peter Lim.

The newspaper goes on to claim that Vieira is looking for more than the €60m fee mooted by United, which would be split into a €40m fixed payment with €20m in bonuses. Benfica are said to be confident of securing a deal if the fixed €40m offer is increased.

Sanches is considered to be one of the brightest young talents in world football having established himself as a key member of Benfica’s first team despite the fact that he is just 18 years old.

It would be a lot of money for such a young player but United have reportedly scouted the player all season long and they must be confident that he is a special talent. Anthony Martial, too, had a hefty price tag and he has arguably been United’s best player this term.

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