Manchester United have received a boost over Renato Sanches after being told by Bayern Munich that they could sign the teenager for £23m, according to reports.
The Bundesliga champions took advantage of Man United stalling on their offer for the 19-year-old amid uncertainty surrounding Louis van Gaal‘s job and swooped in to sign him for €35m in a deal that could rise to €80m depending on objectives.
And the Portuguese has only managed to feature sporadically during his opening season at the Allianz Arena, making just two starts since the turn of the year.
According to German outlet Kicker (via Calcio Mercato), Bayern have dropped their initial £30.5m valuation of the teenager to £23m this summer.
Mourinho will, of course, place emphasis on securing his established targets before he goes after any ‘supplementary’ options, but his interest in Sanches is by no means a secret.
He noted earlier this season that, had be been appointed earlier, Sanches would be a United player right now. The 54-year-old even lamented his anonymity within the Bayern ranks a few months ago, pointing out that such would not be the case under his tutelage.
And at a time of Jordan Pickford supposedly costing around £30m and John Stones £50m, signing Sanches for just £23 would be the robbery of the century (kind of).