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Manchester United eyeing scintillating wonderkid with £58.8m buyout clause

According to reports, Manchester United are looking likely to make a move for Benfica starlet Renato Sanches.

According to the Daily Mail [as per the Independent], the Red Devils have been convinced by what they’ve seen of Sanches during recent scouting trips and have decided to move for him.

However, it remains to be seen whether the north-west giants will move in January—mooted as a possibility—or whether they will wait until the summer.

The Independent add that Louis van Gaal’s side have been scouting the player for some months and indicate that a move may be imminent, with the Dutch coach perhaps seeing the teenage starlet as a solution to the Red Devils’ lack of spark in attack this season.

However, United ought to think twice about spending big to bring the 18-year-old to Old Trafford—with the Independent reporting that the player has a £58.8 million buyout clause, even if they note that the Red Devils wouldn’t need to meet that fee.

United spent big to bring talented young forward Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay to the Premier League during the summer, and while both have shone in patches, neither player has demonstrated the kind of consistency and menace to suggest they can lead United to the title, or perhaps even the top four.

Sanches, a player in a similar mould, and with no experience of the Premier League, would represent a familiar gamble for LVG.

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