Renato Sanches United's top priority target
Renato Sanches United's top priority target

Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the highly-rated Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches over the past few months.

The 18-year-old Portuguese ace has been closely watched by United scouts since last season and it now seems he might complete the move to Old Trafford very soon.

The Red Devils want to sign Renato as soon as possible because he has apparently attracted interest from a lot of elite clubs across Europe and can be at the centre of a bidding war this summer, which would surely spruce up the prices.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claiming that a deal is eminent and that Manchester United will sign the prodigiously talented central midfielder this summer.

The transfer fee mentioned is around 50 million euros. Although it’s being a huge price to pay for a player of his age, pundits suggest United will be benefitted in the long run if they manage to land the Benfica midfielder this summer.

Much like the Anthony Martial transfer, Sanches is good enough to justify the price in the long run.

Even Pep Guardiola recently claimed that Sanches is the best 18-year-old footballer on the planet at the moment and Manchester United fans will obviously be excited with that recommendation.

Sanches can be used as an attacking midfielder or a central midfielder. The Benfica star has attracted a lot of attention with his mature performances in the League as well as in the Champions League this season.

The 18-year old is widely tipped off as the next best thing to happen in the country after Cristiano Ronaldo and it does not come as a surprise that his current club Benfica want to keep hold of the youngster for a little longer.

The youngster picked his first national cap for the senior team in Portugal’s 1-0 defeat to Bulgaria and impressed in the outing.

He has also scored twice this season for the Portuguese franchise in addition to his splendid work in front of the back four.

In addition to a box to box mid-fielder, Sanches is an intelligent player on the ball and has plenty of experience even for his tender age.

Manchester United have regularly kept a tab on the 18-year old’s progress and have sent a number of scouts to watch him in action.

Meanwhile, Benfica are expected to slap a straight £30m price on the player, with a further £17m payment with a number of clauses inserted in his contract if United are ready to meet the asking price.

Manchester United have in recent times not been able to win silverware but they have managed to accumulate a very splendid squad with a number of youngsters who will only take the club in a forward direction.

With the likes of Anthony Martial and Luke Skaw, United already have a couple of youngsters who have loads of potential and the Red Devils are now looking to add Renato Sanches to the list this summer.