Manchester United close to signing 19-year-old Bundesliga midfielder

Manchester United are reportedly on the cusp of sealing a temporary contract for Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches. The Portugal international joined the Bavarian giants from Benfica for an initial £31m last summer after he turned down an approach from the Red Devils.

Sanches therein starred for his nation at Euro 2016 where they beat hosts France to lift their first major title in association football. Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently admitted that Sanches could move on loan for the upcoming campaign, and according to The Sun, United seemingly hold the advantage in the player’s pursuit.

Big-spending AC Milan have also been credited with an interest, but they are unwilling to match Sanches’ €60,000 a week wages in full following their early spending spree which has seen them recruit 10 players for a combined £160m plus fee.

United are on the search for a new central midfielder in their ranks, and Mourinho is hopeful of securing a loan deal for Sanches, who will be significantly cheaper than their other targets which include Nemanja Matic and Eric Dier – both valued at £50m.

Sanches could not quite make an impression under Carlo Ancelotti last term as he failed to find the next in 17 Bundesliga outings. As a result of his average club form, the youngster found himself dropped omitted from the Portuguese squad for last month’s Confederations Cup.

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