Manchester United Football Club pulled off a small masterstroke when they signed Odion Ighalo on a free transfer back in January, though it doesn’t feel like he’s the long-term option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Going into the summer, that’ll leave United a striker light when the Nigerian inevitably heads back to Shanghai Shenhua. Enter Carlos Vinicius.
The Reds have been linked with plenty of names during this lockdown period, but this is the first time the Brazilian has been mentioned with a potential Old Trafford switch.
It comes from A Bola (Monday print) in Portugal, translated by The Sun. Apparently, United are lining up a move for the prolific 25-year-old, who has scored 20 goals in 32 games for SL Benfica this season.
Having only signed from Napoli in a £15m deal just last summer, with Vinicius already attracting interest from Liverpool, it looks a sure-fire thing that Benfica are set to make a huge profit on the Brazilian.
Right now, Vinicius has an £88m release clause but that figure seems unrealistic given everything that’s happening in the world right now. A Bola state that a £35m bid will be tabled by United, as they look to ‘test the waters’.
United have a pretty good hit ratio when it comes to signing players from Portugal, with Bruno Fernandes being the most recent addition. He’s hit the ground running in Manchester. However, South American’s at Old Trafford has been more miss than hit…
It’ll be interesting to see if signed, Vinicius would be content with being used as a bit-part player, too. As right now, Anthony Martial is the undisputed first-choice striker under the Baby Faced Assassin.