Mourinho ready to use one fifth of £250m Man United budget for midfield star

Manchester United-linked manager Jose Mourinho is ready to use one fifth of a supposed £250m transfer budget for Benfica’s Renato Sanches should he join the club this summer, according to reports from The Sun.

The Portuguese tactician is widely expected to step in in place of Louis van Gaal in a few months’ time, with a ‘pre-contract agreement’ apparently in place ahead of the Dutchman’s looming exit.

With Man United having stagnated since the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, there have been suggestions that a £250m budget will be in place to allow ‘The Special One’ to build a competitive squad, and reports claim that almost £50m of that could be used on Sanches.

The 18-year-old has emerged as one of the finest young midfielders in European football and is already being tipped to star for Portugal at EURO 2016.

Although Benfica are reluctant to sell, just shy of £50m, with £30m paid up front, will sway them, and falls well within Man United’s supposed budget.

Sanches has already been likened to former Ballon d’Or winner, Ronaldinho.