Renato Sanches on Manchester United radar should he leave Munich

Manchester United have been linked to Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, a player that was linked to Manchester United last summer, but made an early move to the Bundesliga champions with United changing their manager from Louis van Gaal to Jose Mourinho. Sanches is a player with the world at his feet, but in Munich, he has struggled to make an impact with The Sun suggesting the midfielder would favour a move away from the Bundesliga this summer. Sanches is currently playing for Portugal’s U21’s side in the European Championships, ahead of what could be a £30 million, or more, move to Old Trafford, should Mourinho be interested in the player – he seemed disappointed last summer as he was a player on his radar.

Sanches is one of the high-profile players to come from Benfica, a club where United almost always had an interest whether it be Victor Lindelof, Nicolás Gaitán or other players at the club – United and Benfica almost always seem to be linked. Sanches could be a good fit for United based on his good understanding of the game, his positional discipline, his vision, creativity and the fact he can play as a holding midfielder, thought to be a position Mourinho is looking to fill the summer with Fabinho, Eric Dier and Nemanja Matic all linked to the Old Trafford club. Sanches can also play in the box-to-box role, his favoured position with United also linked to Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan.

Last summer, Bayern Munich paid around £30 million for the Portuguese midfielder, a fee with had a number of clauses attached which could increase the fee for the player in the years to come, should he keep developing. The Bundesliga champions would almost certainly try to get at least the fee paid for the player a year ago, possibly more, which would be more likely. The 19-year-old has a connection to Mourinho, sharing the same agent Jorge Mendes of Gestifute, which could see the Portuguese manager being offered the player as the best transfer likelihood for the player and Bayern Munich unless other clubs are interested in the teenager. Juventus are said to be monitoring the situation, which could see them swoop for the player.

Sanches may not be the player Mourinho is looking for, but after missing out on the player last summer, should he be available this summer, missing out on his again could be a big mistake. United may want to become that club with the ability to be the best in the world on the football pitch again, already being the best club in the world in a financial aspect, the best player in the world may not help the club achieve that based on the problems in signing already established players in the past. Sanches et al could be a much better fit for United – young, willing to learn and hungry for success. If the player wants to become the best in the world, achieving that whilst playing for a club determined to be the same would be a much better achievement.

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