Manchester United are edging ever closer to the capture of Benfica sensation Renato Sanches, with talks having been held in England yesterday over a proposed move.
The Daily Mail claim that a meeting in London took place on Friday to try and bring the two parties closer together, with Sanches currently possessive of a release clause worth some £60 million.
Obviously United, still sane, it seems, don’t want to go anywhere near that figure for the 18-year-old but remain interested in signing him.
They’ve had scouts watching three of his last four matches, so their stance is hardly out of the blue.
And yet, the £30 million Benfica are supposedly prepared to accept - plus add-ons - is still a hefty price to pay for a youngster unproven outside of Portugal.
Yes, there’s every chance United could be unearthing a gem who could realise a meteoric rise similar to that of Cristiano Ronaldo, but there are plenty of other players who have come from the Primera Liga only to leave the Premier League a few years later with their tails between their legs.
It’s a gamble, in any case. Sanches, who has impressed Benfica fans this season after being promoted from the B side, could be purchased and then return to Portugal on loan until the summer, preventing a bidding war that United could really do without.
The pressure of a high-profile move at such a young age is difficult to shake off, though, and fans would be easier to appease were Louis van Gaal to draft in a household name for a similar price.
Here's Sanches' highlight reel so far:
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