Manchester United have been keeping tabs on Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches for several months now.
The Red Devils were linked with a January move for the 18-year-old, but any deal failed to materialize. Various media outlets have suggested that United will reignite their interest in the player during the 2016 summer transfer window.
This weekend, the Portuguese player dropped a huge hint regarding a potential move by liking Manchester United’s page on Instagram.
The activity was quickly picked up by a number of fans and subsequently Sanches unfollowed the page.
— RedReveal (@RedReveal) March 26, 2016
Renato Sanches just followed United on Instagram. Isn’t this what the youth of today get excited about? pic.twitter.com/qE5E6OR8zR
— Man utd streams. (@ManUtdStreams) March 26, 2016
Suddenly renato sanches has unfollow Manchester United on instagram hahahaha
— Yousha Bassa (@Bassa_UTD) March 26, 2016
Renato Sanches follows Manchester United on instagram! Fantastic potential & some say a deal was done in January. Hope so #MUFC
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) March 26, 2016
So Renato Sanches follows and unfollows Man Utd on instagram. Caught out spying on his future club #mufc
— Manchester United (@ManUtd_________) March 26, 2016
Sanches broke into Benfica’s first-team this season and is already considered one of the best young talents in the world of football. He has made 18 league appearances for the Portuguese club this season, providing two goals and one assist so far.
The central midfielder, who’s also able to play on the wing, also made his international debut during Portugal’s fiendly encounter with Bulgaria, which they lost 1-0.
A transfer fee ranging from £31 million to £47 million for a possible summer deal has been mooted by various sources.