Benfica coach Rui Vitoria insists Renato Sanches’ future rests with the club president

by Ben Topliss

Benfica coach Rui Vitoria has insisted the decision of whether to sell Renato Sanches to Manchester United lies with club president Luis Filipe Vieira.

Vieira was reportedly in Manchester this week in an attempt to conclude a deal between the two parties for Sanches, with a €60m fee mooted.

Vitoria praised Sanches but claimed that the matter of whether to sell him is out of his hands.

“It is an issue that frankly doesn’t concern me,” Vitoria said.

“If Renato has to leave at the end of the season, it’s a question that needs to be placed before Luis Filipe Vieira, because it is the president who defines the structure of club and the squad. What I can say that Renato has passed all the tests with distinction at Benfica.”

Sanches is widely regarded to be one of the brightest young talents in world football having established himself as a key member of Benfica’s side this season.

The 18-year-old should inject some life and creativity into United’s midfield, something that is sorely needed at Old Trafford.

Michael Carrick is entering the twilight of his career, Bastian Schweinsteiger has proven to be injury-prone and Marouane Fellaini’s performances divide opinion, to say the least.

€60m would be a lot of money to pay for an 18-year-old but Anthony Martial was brought to United for a similar figure and he has proven to be one of the side’s most dangerous players this term. Unfortunately, the footballing climate is forcing fees higher and higher and United must pay them. If they don’t, they are in danger of getting left behind.

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