The season is not yet finished in England and Manchester United’s managerial crisis looks far from over, but that hasn’t stopped them from lining up their first signing and gearing up for a blockbuster move. Benfica’s Renato Sanches was watched by Manchester United scouts once again on Monday, as they have done for most of the season.
The midfielder as recently been to Manchester to apparently sign the deal, accompanied by his agent and the chairmen of both teams. A fee of £40million has been mentioned, possibly rising to £60million with add-ons, depending on how well the midfielder performs.
Sanches has been in superb form this year, collecting the Revelation of the Year award in Portugal and catching the eye of most clubs with the cash to spend. He is touted as a future world star of football and Manchester United have snuck in early to secure the deal.
Portuguese football expert, Jan Hagen, reportedly told The Peoples Person:
“Man United had a scout to watch Benfica for the 24th consecutive game when they took on Braga in the Taça da Liga semi-final Monday night. There’s no secret the English giant were observing 18-year-old Renato Sanches. The scouts present at Estádio da Luz, most noteworthy from Arsenal, Man United and Bayern Munich, would hardly have been impressed by what they saw from young Renato.
He didn’t have the positive impact he usually has on the game with his physical, constant running and attacking contributions. He looked rather tired which is not so surprising as it was his second game in four days and his 52nd game of the season.”