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Manchester United ‘In Advanced Talks’ To Sign Portuguese Attacker

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Manchester United have been quiet so far this transfer window. It was believed that if the Red Devils are to revive any sort of a title challenge, they will have to spend big this month.

So here we are on transfer deadline day, with no major comings or goings completed. However, the Old Trafford faithful are growing increasingly worried that United will not get a deal through, and thus a few more months of struggle await the three time European champions.

However, according to The Independent, all this could be set to change today.

United are “in advanced talks” to sign Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches, and have lodged a bid of €30 (£22) million for the Portuguese 18 year-old.

SEIXAL, PORTUGAL - MARCH 17:  Shakhtar midfileder Oleksandr Pikhalonok vies with Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches during the UEFA Youth League Quarter Final between SL Benfica and Shakhtar Donetsk at Caixa Futebol Campus on March 17, 2015 in Seixal, Portugal.  (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images for UEFA)

The Benfica midfielder, 18, is one of the hottest properties in the Portuguese Primeira Liga at present, making 11 appearances for the senior team to date, scoring two goals.

It was reported last week that United would have to pay the full £60 million buy-out clause for the teenager, but it is believed that the Portuguese side may settle for half of that figure.

LOULE, PORTUGAL - FEBRUARY 28:  Taylor Moore of England challenges Renato Sanches of Portugal during the Under17 Algarve Cup match between U17 Portugal and U17 England at Parque des Cidades on February 28, 2014 in Loule, Portugal.  (Photo by Raquel Costa/Getty Images)

This would be a major statement by United, sending the message out to the rest of Europe that they intend to scoop up the best young talent around.

Sanches, an attack-minded player who can feature down the middle or out wide, has been capped on underage Portugal teams up to U19.

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