AC Milan are set to beat Manchester United to the signing of Bayern Munich teenager Renato Sanches, according to reports.
French publication L’Equipe claim the Portuguese international, who has struggled for game time with the Bundesliga champions, has agreed an escape route to Milan in a cut-price £35million deal.
Sanches has been on the radar of Manchester United all summer, but the Italian giants – who have invested heavily in this window – are set to beat Jose Mourinho to the Portuguese star.
Sanches, who still has four years left to run on his deal, featured just 17 times for Bayern last term and started only six of those games.
The 19-year-old, who moved to Germany with a massive reputation after helping Portugal win Euro 2016, has made it clear he was not happy with his first year in Bavaria.
Speaking after the 3-2 friendly win over Chelsea in Singapore he admitted his future was unclear.
He said: “I’m not satisfied, of course, I would like to play more that’s why I want to change and go to a club where I would play more.
“AC Milan is an interesting option. If the opportunity emerges and the clubs can agree, I would like to know.”
Sanches continued: “I’m now with Bayern, but when we go back to Munich from Asia, we will sit together and hopefully find a solution.
“I’m young, I want and have to aply a lot, I think the chance to do so is greater in Milan than in Munich.”
The Rossoneri have spent big this summer under thier new Chinese owners have spent £160m on ten new players including Juventus defender and Chelsea target Leonardo Bonucci.
Milan have also been linked with Spanish striker Diego Costa who looks to have no future at Stamford Bridge.