Manchester United are ‘really close’ to signing SL Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches in a deal which would be worth €60m over a four-year period.
The 18-year-old has been on our radar for some time now but this is the first indication from a reliable source that Sanches will be moving to Old Trafford this summer.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) April 25, 2016
A €60m quoted fee will raise some serious eyebrows, even amongst those who have watched Sanches in action this season, least not for the fact it has changed so much. A few months ago there were reports about a €30m fee for Sanches, that increased to €40m not long after only to then go up to €50m. Now, the price sits at a plump €60m fee over four years.
The success of Anthony Martial after his move from AS Monaco has shown United fans that big money for the right teenager can work out wonderfully well but it doesn’t detract from the risk behind any move from Sanches, a player who has only operated in the Portuguese League to date and only broke into Benfica’s team over the last two seasons.
Like William Carvalho under David Moyes, our scouts have watched Sanches on numerous occasions this year and if Di Marzio is correct then he’s done enough to warrant a move from United.
As for the price itself, €60m over four years would hardly be a bank breaker for United with all the newly inflated TV deal plus our Adidas and multiple other sponsorships. It would almost certainly be performance related as well.
We’ll be speaking with a Benfica website this week in order to offer you some insight into Sanches, how he has played this season and whether or not he is worth the €60m quoted by Di Marzio.