Journalist Andy Brassell claims Manchester United have agreed a fee to make Benfica sensation Renato Sanches their first signing of the summer transfer window.
The box-to-box midfielder only made his senior debut for the Primeira Liga outfit in October but has already established himself as a Portugal international and earned comparisons with Brazil icon Ronaldinho.
Manchester United have been linked with the 18-year-old frequently in recent months alongside a host of their European rivals and Brassell claims the Red Devils have seemingly won the race for his signature.
The European football journalist alleges Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira recently met with United’s top transfer honchos to thrash out a payment plan for the teenager’s services.
The deal is expected to be structured as a £31.5million upfront transfer fee alongside a further £31.5million in potential add-ons – similar to the terms of Antony Martial’s move to Old Trafford last summer.
Brassell recently told BT Sport; “It could be his last game. Benfica president, Luis Filipe Vieira, was in Manchester about ten days ago agreeing a payment schedule for the fee. It looks like it will be €40m (£31.5m) up front and then €40m (£31.5m) in add-ons.”
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