Regardless of where the Red Devils ultimately finish in the Premier League this season – whether that be among those all-important top-four slots or completely out of the picture for European qualification altogether – the upcoming summer transfer period looks bound to be a rather telling one for Manchester United one way or another.
Louis van Gaal is largely expected to step down at the end of the current season, with Jose Mourinho set on becoming the next high profile manager to try his hand in the famed Old Trafford dug-out, and several big-name players have subsequently been linked with an illustrious switch to the Red Devils.
So then, as the Man United hierarchy are reportedly ready to point a staggering £40 million in the direction of Benfica’s 18-year-old midfielder Renato Sanches this summer, are the determined Red Devils about to embark on yet another ill-conceived transfer quest? Or could this up and coming Portuguese talent actually help transform the sleeping giants back into genuine title contenders?
Well, based on the midfielder’s undoubted flashes of brilliance throughout the domestic campaign thus far, this is one player who could set the Premier League alight next season.
The rapidly emerging 18-year-old may indeed fail to offer the greatest goal threat we’ve ever seen, but when it comes breaking forward with sheer tenacity, displaying a truly wonderful ability to shield the ball in even the most testing of circumstances and simply helping his team-mates to make something happen, Sanches definitely looks like one to keep a close eye on over the coming seasons.
Manchester United’s recent interest in the Portuguese youngster therefore arrives as very little surprise with all things fairly considered. Whenever an exciting up and coming talent suddenly crops up on the European footballing circuit with a vast amount of potential locked firmly under his belt, the Red Devils are always waiting in the wings, ready to blow the rest of their competition out of the water with yet another sizeable offer.
The Old Trafford faithful could certainly do with an added sense of flair in their first choice starting XI. A player of Sanches’ growing class would most probably fit into Jose Mourinho’s desired course of action down at Manchester United that’s for sure, and as both Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger clearly aren’t getting any younger, perhaps the current Benfica star could become something of a necessity.
But is he really worthy of the £40m price-tag? Even the most unrealistic of Red Devils supporters would have to raise an eyebrow or two over such a hefty valuation, especially as the club have been heavily criticised for wasting large sums of cash on several ill-fated transfer schemes in the past.
Unless Manchester United can negotiate a more suitable asking price for the Portuguese midfielder throughout the upcoming summer transfer window, then perhaps the Red Devils should ultimately look to point their hard-earned resources elsewhere. It’s not as if there aren’t any other equally talented alternatives out there to choose from after all…
Although Renato Sanches certainly looks like a really promising talent at this particular stage in his career, he has nonetheless failed to prove his ability for a sustained period of time, and on the basis of such a conclusion Manchester United must think twice before deciding to shove the vast amount of their summer budget in the direction of yet another inexperienced teenager…