Manchester United was leading the race to sign Portuguese promise Renato Sanches, but pulled out at the last minute. The 18-year-old Portuguese Legend ended signing with Bayern Munich, but why did The Red Devils pull out? Easy answer: two geniuses are better than one.
L.S. Benfica had a lot to do with United losing interest. Lisbon’s team wanted to sell Sanches for a massive transfer fee, and The Red Devils seemed very eager to pay until a few day before Sanches signed with Munich. It’s believed that Manchester United decided to avoid signing a pretty much unproven promise, and are aiming to invest their money in players that have already made a name for themselves, at least more than Sanches.
The first player that attracts their attention seems to be Valencia’s Andre Gomes. The 22-year-old Portuguese sensation is said to be one of Jose Mourinho’s targets, granted the 53-year-old manager gets the manager position he has been linked to all season Valencia are willing to sell Gomes for a hefty £50 million, but has already proven his worth becoming one of Portugal’s and Valencia’s key players.
Man U’s second target is also Portuguese and he goes by the name of Joao Mario. The 23-year-old Portuguese midfielder plays for Sporting CP and scored a stunning 7 goals and gave out 12 assists this season. The most impressive part? He did it as a central midfielder. He will not come cheap either as his release clause stands at £45 million.
Truth is both of these players have proven more than Sanches, and after this season, Man U is better off signing quality players that will certainly yield results rather than relying on 18-year-old promises.