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Manchester United Receive Boost In Pursuit Of 21 Y/O Benfica Striker: An Exciting Option For Ten Hag?

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Pratik Das
The youngest member of The 4th Official and an ardent Premier League fan who is basically obsessed with scouting young talents and is consumed by the idea of finding the perfect number 10.

A week ago, reports from the Daily Mail revealed that Manchester United are keen on signing Benfica forward Goncalo Ramos in the upcoming transfer window as Erik Ten Hag looks set to add to his attacking options. However, the striker was also drawing interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, which was a point of concern for Manchester United.

Nonetheless, recent reports from German media outlet Kicker (via Manchester Evening News) state that the Red Devils will not have to worry about interest from Bayern Munich as they ‘no longer hold an interest’ in Ramos despite his fine displays in Portugal.

Manchester United won’t pay more than £25 million for the Portuguese striker who wishes to leave once his contract expires at the end of the season.

An Exciting Option For Erik Ten Hag?

Having come through the ranks at Benfica, Ramos made his first-team debut (on 21 July 2020) with Benfica as an 85th-minute substitute in a 4-0 victory over Desportivo das Aves in the Primeira Liga, netting a brace in eight minutes. Over the course of the past two years, he has featured 71 times for the Eagles, scoring twenty-two goals and assisting ten more across all competitions.

Benfica's Goncalo Ramos
Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos

Even this season, the 21-year-old has scored eight goals in just 12 appearances in all competitions. Besides, he has managed to put up some impressive numbers on the board – averaging 3.7 shots and 0.8 key passes per ninety minutes in the Portuguese top-flight. With an average WhoScored rating of 7.17, he is one of the most promising talents in Europe.

Manchester United are in dire need of reinforcements in the striker’s department – and Ramos fits the bill perfectly. Aged 21, he has plenty of time on his side and is already one of Europe’s most exciting strikers. Hence, the board should go all out for his signature in the upcoming transfer window.

(Stats from WhoScored)

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