Manchester United’s new boss, Jose Mourinho, has revealed how he missed out on signing Renato Sanches due to his late arrival at the club.
Jose Mourinho has been busy during the past few months, trying to reshape the Manchester United squad. The Special One has already secured three new signatures this summer.
Zlatan Ibrahimović, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Eric Bailly have all joined with the Red Devils, but the club also had the chance to sign Portugal starlet, Renato Sanches.
United were scouting the 18-year-old before Mourinho arrived in the hot-seat, but a move never materialized, as previous manager, Louis Van Gaal, wasn’t too keen on signing the teenager.
Jose mentioned that he would have liked to sign the youngster, but he came too late to fight for his services. Renato instead opted for a £28 million switch to Bayern Munich.
Jose Mourinhotold Sport TV: “I arrived late. I signed in May, we started talking a week before, but completely out of the process. If I had arrived earlier, I’d fight for him.
“Manchester United watched Renato many times and maybe I did it even more. In so much time at home, I watched many Benfica and Portuguese league games, I got to know the boy better with time.
“He’s in a big club, in a league where he’ll certainly be the champion. The club have players of very high level which belong to the structure, a little like Benfica.”
Mourinho instead went for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to fill in his player profile. Both players play in an attacking midfield position, although Renato is much younger than Henrikh.
Renato Sanches was part of Portugal’s Euro 2016 winning side, and even played in the final. The 18-year-old produced impressive performances during the competition, and even won the Young Player of the Tournament award, resulting in the rise of his transfer fee.