Manchester United are set for a £155m double swoop for Benfica duo Ruben Dias and Joao Felix this summer according to Record – explained in greater detail by the Mirror – and the club’s knowledge of the Portuguese league could mean they’re the real deal.
United are believed to have held discussions with agent Jorge Medes about 19-year-old Felix who’s valued at £90m and dubbed his country’s greatest star since Cristiano Ronaldo.
Indeed, they’ve also reportedly sent scouts to watch 21-year-old centre-back Diaz valued at £65m.
Whoever’s manager at Old Trafford next season knows they have to spend big to catch up with Man City and Liverpool and mount a title challenge. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has proved his squad is more than capable of competing with the best teams in the country, but there’s certainly holes in the team that need addressing.
United have had a flurry of successes with ex-Portuguese league talent over the last 20 years, bringing over the likes of Ronaldo, Anderson, Nani, Marcos Rojo and now Diogo Dalot. The club even appointed a full-time Portuguese first-team scout, Joao Ferreira, two years ago. United clearly know what’s what in Portugal, so if they’re interested these two must be impressive.
Ruben Diaz has played 23 times for Benfica this season, who sit top of the league with the second least goals conceded in the division, 21. Joao Felix has played 16 times this campaign, scoring nine and assisting five while playing as a second striker capable of drifting out to the left. His contributions have helped Benfica score 66 goals this season, and that’s 18 more than second-placed Porto.
The youngsters have the maturity of playing regularly in a top division but also the youthfulness to be adapted to the Premier League without the added pressure of being at peak age.
If signed they could both be key to returning United to where their fans expect them to be – the top.
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