Manchester United are in advanced talks with superagent Jorge Mendes to sign ‘the next Cristiano Ronaldo’ to spearhead their attack.
Manager Erik ten Hag, of course, had the old Cristiano Ronaldo on his books this season, falling out with the Portuguese spectacularly, when Ronaldo gave an explosive interview to Piers Morgan ahead of the World Cup. CR7 departed Manchester United for a second time midway through the campaign.
But that hasn’t put United off from signing a player who has consistently been referred to as the 38-year-old’s successor – with on-loan Wout Weghorst unlikely to be signed by the Red Devils on a permanent basis.
Portuguese outlet Correio da Manha (opens in new tab) have sensationally claimed that United have held a series of talks with Mendes over his client, Goncalo Ramos moving to Manchester.
The Benfica phenomenon caught attention in Qatar as the only player to net a hat-trick at the 2022 World Cup – and with players Portuguese league successfully transitioning to the Premier League in recent years, United have reason to believe that the move would work.
Harry Kane remains the priority target, with Victor Osimhen also high on the list of options. Both Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli are notoriously difficult to negotiate with, however, making a transfer for either superstar particularly tricky.
At 21, Ramos is considerably younger than the other two options. The other player completing the shortlist is Ajax superstar Mohammed Kudus.
Ramos wouldn’t come cheap, though. Benfica have set a £106m (€120m) exit clause in his deal, with the striker contracted until 2026. The report indicates however that the Lisbon giants are open to sell the player for £88.8m (€100m).
Ramos is valued at €40m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab).
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