Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches will reportedly feature in his last "big" match in Portugal against Sporting before his transfer to Manchester United.
That's according to Portuguese daily Record (h/t Metro's George Bellshaw), who claim Benfica hope to sell the teenager for a club-record fee. The current record is held by Axel Witsel, who moved to Zenit St. Petersburg for a sum of £30.9 million. Per Bellshaw, Benfica are hoping for an additional £15.5 million in add-ons.
The 18-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester for some time now, and the Daily Mail's Simon Jones and Chris Wheeler previously claimed the two clubs held talks in January.
Sanches has been one of the top breakout performers in Portuguese football this season and recently won Benfica's award for Revelation of 2015, per Jan Hagen of Sport Witness:
Jan Hagen @PortuBall
Official: Renato Sanches has been awarded Benfica's Revelation of 2015 ahead of Gonçalo Guedes. https://t.co/vDYbzLRWxr2/28/2016, 10:38:17 PM
The Portuguese midfielder is known for his dribbling ability and athleticism and already displays remarkable vision for such a young player. While he's still a very raw prospect, his long-term potential is both outstanding and obvious.
Sanches is a willing defender and a solid finisher, but his passing remains a work in progress. He tends to lose focus and can try and force the action too much, but when he keeps things simple and abandons the flashy plays for the solid ones, he looks like a future superstar.
Here are some of his highlights:
United have shown a willingness to spend big on young and relatively inexperienced players in recent years, investing in Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay last summer. The former has shown those kind of investments can pay off immediately, while the latter has largely struggled in his first season at Old Trafford.
Sanches is similar to Martial as far as experience goes, and spending more than £30 million on such a player will always be a major risk. He has been touted as a top talent for years, but right now, he's still a raw player who may never live up to his potential.
That said, it's a risk United have to take. If brought along slowly, Sanches could be the answer to United's questions in midfield for years to come, and with Martial playing in front of him, the duo would give the Red Devils an extremely talented central axis.
Inter in for Kamil Glik
According to the report, several clubs are in the running for the Poland international, and Bayer Leverkusen made an enquiry in January. Glik still has four years left on his contract, but after years of playing for relatively small clubs, he may be open to finally securing a big move.
The 28-year-old was a part of Real Madrid's setup until 2008 before moving back to his native Poland, and he has been steadily working his way back up the ladder ever since. He has impressed mightily since joining Torino, and per BT Sport's Adam Summerton, it hasn't gone unnoticed:
Adam Summerton @adamsummerton
Lots of reports in Poland today claiming Bayern asked about Torino's Kamil Glik in January. Great defender2/25/2016, 9:46:20 AM
Bayern Munich's reported interest was likely a result of their wave of injuries in January, and they ended up signing Serdar Tasci on loan from Spartak Moscow, as Reuters reported, via the Daily Mail.
Like Bayern, United's defence has been decimated by injuries at times in the 2015-16 campaign, but even when everyone's healthy, questions remain. Chris Smalling is an automatic starter, but the likes of Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have been unable to consistently perform, and another star defender would be a welcome addition.
Glik is not a star, but he is a very solid option who will be courted heavily this summer. Here's a look at his highlights:
Inter's reported offer of £8 million would be easy to match for United, who would love to add some more depth to their defence. But the Red Devils are more likely to look for a star to pair with Smalling or at least someone with a higher ceiling.
Glik is a fine player, but a move to Inter makes more sense for the Polish defender.
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