Manchester United have been heavily linked to a move for Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches of late – and the deal could go ahead as we edge closer to the transfer deadline.

The 18-year-old central midfielder is fast and powerful; a true box-to-box engine, which is definitely something United are missing at the moment.

Benfica manager Rui Vitoria has made some vague but perhaps promising comments regarding the midfielder’s future and whether or not he could be leaving Benfica (quotes via the Daily Telegraph)

Renato is mature beyond his age. So this situation is not difficult for us. If things happen, they happen. We all know that’s the way it is. There is no point in worrying over things that have yet to happen.

The team is very stable and that helps dealing with speculation like this.”

With Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger both suffering injuries on multiple occasions already this season, a central midfielder would be an ideal signing.

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Sanches is a player with bags of confidence, like his manager says, beyond his age.

Portuguese outlet O Jogo have claimed that Manchester United are in advanced talks with Benfica over the transfer of Sanches, with his price tag thought to be around £30-40m if he is to be purchased before 11pm GMT on Monday.