Ruben Neves and Renato Sanches reportedly both being considered by Manchester United
Manchester United are considering two back-up options to Frenkie de Jong, report Sky Sports.
Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves and Lille ace Renato Sanches are both said to be options who are on the club’s radar.
Frenkie de Jong remains Manchester United’s top midfield transfer target, but the attempts to sign him have dragged on for three months without a resolution. At some stage United need to be ready to pivot to alternatives.
United boss Erik ten Hag has worked with De Jong previously at Ajax, and made him the club’s number one target upon his hiring.
Ruben Neves and Renato Sanches are options
Neves has been a solid back-up option all summer. The problem is, a deal at this late stage of the transfer window will be expensive.
Wolves did not intend to let Neves go ‘on the cheap’ in the first place, and if they do sell, they would have very limited time to sign a replacement.
The Sun reported just over a month ago Wolves had set a £75 million price tag on Neves to attempt to deter suitors. It seems to have worked.
His agent Jorge Mendes has been unsuccessful in landing him a big move to Barcelona, and as it stands, Neves is set to begin the season with Wolves.
If United were able to get his price down towards £60 million, a move could be fair value. The agreed deal for Frenkie de Jong is £63 million plus add-ons, report The Athletic.
Neves has Premier League experience, an advantage over De Jong, and would not have to be convinced to give up Champions League football. He also knows Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Dalot and Cristiano Ronaldo from the Portugal national team. He would see United as a step up, rather than a step down.
Renato Sanches is another Portugal international, who would be substantially cheaper. He has been valued at just £25 million by CalcioMercato.
Sanches may however not be as good a fit for United for a deep lying midfield role. He is at his best when he is allowed to surge forward, and asking him to play at the base of United’s set up may not be the optimum way to utilisie his talents.
The 24-year-old does have an impressive record however. He has already won titles in Portugal with Sporting, in Germany with Bayern Munich and in France with Lille.