If a report by highly reliable and respected Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio is anything to go by, Manchester United will be officially announcing their first summer signing in the next couple of days. Renato Sanches according to the Italian has agreed a deal to sign for Manchester United from Benfica and both clubs have also reached an agreement worth £46.6m which is to be paid in instalments over the course of four years.
According to the report, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has played a major part in ensuring the Red devils do not lose out to the duo of current European Champions Barca and Bayern Munich in the race for the signature of Sanches. The deal agreed is reportedly similar to the one Manchester United agreed to last summer when they signed Anthony Martial from AS Monaco of France.
The player had already according to various highly reliable reports agreed personal terms with the Red devils. This means unless he fails a medical, he is certainly going to become a Manchester United player and there is a chance everything could be finalized before the start of the European championship taking place in France from June.
If the report is true, the signing of Renato Sanches will finally give Manchester United a reliable creative hub from the midfield. Rooney has had to play that role for United in the last couple of years but as we all know, the Englishman is more a striker than a midfielder.