Renato Sanches wanted by United .

Renato Sanches wanted by Manchester United

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Manchester United are interested in talented Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches.

This has been reported by The Sun, who claim that Jose Mourinho wants to bring the 18-year-old to Old Trafford ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. 

Mourinho, of course, looks set to replace Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, who has flattered to deceive throughout his tenure. 


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It seems likely that Van Gaal will move on at the end of the season, leaving Mourinho with the opportunity to return to the English game. 

The self-proclaimed 'Special One' was dismissed as manager of Chelsea in December after a disastrous opening half to the season. 

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Mourinho to invest 

It appears, then, according to The Sun, that Mourinho is set to become the next manager of United and heavily invest in the squad in the summer transfer window. 

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In fact, the same report claims that Mourinho is set to be handed as much as £250 million this summer with £47m rated Sanches at the top of his list. 

United scouts were in attendance as the dynamic 18-year-old starred in Portugal's victory over Belgium on Tuesday night. 

Dubbed the new Ronaldinho, Sanches has gone from strength-to-strength at Benfica and looks set for a huge future in the game. A box-to-box midfielder, the technically gifted star has a great deal of energy and is extremely confident on the ball. 

Since making his debut for the club in October, he has become an integral member of the team, making 16 starts. 

Carrick replacement 

And with the future of United midfielder Michael Carrick uncertain - he runs out of contract at the club at the end of the season - the report suggests that the youngster is seen as the veteran's ideal replacement. 

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Carrick has long enjoyed a productive spell in the middle of the park at the Theatre of Dreams, but it appears that his lengthy stint at the club is finally coming to an end. 

If the experienced midfielder moves on in the summer, then his presence in the side will be missed, but the addition of Sanches should alleviate the pain. 

There are many developments still to be concluded in this saga, of course - Mourinho hasn't even been appointed the Manchester United manager yet - but it appears that the club's interest in one of the most exciting young midfielders in Europe is very much legit. 

Manchester United fans: what have you seen of Sanches and is he good enough for your club? Have your say below! 

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