Manchester United lining up £40m offer for Benfica starlet Renato Sanches

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Jose Mourinho is set to be handed a £250 million transfer budget when he takes charge of Manchester United, according to the Sun.

And the Special One will use that cash to target a stunning £40 million swoop for Benfica ace Renato Sanches.

While there's been some murmerings that Louis van Gaal could keep his job this summer if he can guide the Red Devils to a top four finish - winning the FA Cup won't hurt either - the Sun maintain that Mourinho is still the man for the job come the end of the season.

While it's unclear how much the the former Chelsea boss is driving the deal for his countryman Sanches, it's possible that the 18-year-old could be one of his first signings.

Manchester United scouts have been watching Sanches this season and have been seriously impressed with his displays this term.

The Sun, citing Portuguese newspaper A Bola, say that a £40 million offer could be on its way as Manchester United try to inject some much-needed vitality into their midfield. Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with the talented youngster.

As it stands, Van Gaal's main midfield options are Michael Carrick, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera.

Carrick's advancing years means he's not a viable long-term option, and Schweinsteiger, who is out until the end of the season, has been disappointing since his switch from Bayern Munich over the summer.

Key to the deal could be the fact that Jorge Mendes, who represents Mourinho, is Sanches' agent, which could help Manchester United get the deal over the line.

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