Jose Mourinho was reported to have been left frustrated by Manchester United’s inability to seal a deal for Renato Sanches.
United were in a position to sign the 18-year-old from Benfica but, with Louis van Gaal not overly keen, they dithered for too long and eventually lost out to Bayern Munich.
Mourinho was forced to lick his wounds this summer as Sanches shined for Portugal at Euro 2016, giving Bayern an impressive glimpse of what’s to come and United a sight of what they’ve missed out on.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
The starlet, who won the Portuguese league last season, was honoured for his performances in France by being named Young Player of the Tournament.
However, if you thought his move to the Allianz Arena ended United’s interest in the centre-midfleder, think again.
According to Duncan Castles of the Daily Record, United have inquired as to the value of Sanches’ release clause at his new club.
Considering Bayern paid €35 million up-front to sign him, with an additional €45m in performance-related bonuses meaning the deal could reach €80m, his release clause probably stretches into nine figures.
But, then again, there’s no harm in asking. United are, after all, prepared to spend at least £100m to sign Paul Pogba.
If Mourinho returns the club to the heights achieved under Sir Alex Ferguson, Sanches might be willing to move to Old Trafford when his contract with the German champions expires.
The player will do very well to break into Carlo Ancelotti’s squad next season considering Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal and Thiago Alcantara provide the competition, but he done enough at the Euros to suggest he will play a key role for Bayern.
Sanches broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s record when he was named in Fernando Santos’s squad, becoming the youngest Portuguese to be selected for an international competition.
And he justified the faith shown in him by Santos, making six appearances, scoring one goal and managing an 85 per cent pass completion percentage.
No wonder Mourinho was frustrated to miss out.