Manchester United Ready To Sign Portuguese Sensation For £16m In The Coming Week

Manchester United will have to pay up to £16m for highly-rated teenager Umaro Embalo, according to reports. United have been linked with the forward for a while with some reports claiming a deal had already been agreed.

It was initially claimed that Embalo had joined Man United but Benfica themselves came out to deny those claims. The youngster’s agent has commented on the speculation, confirming that discussions have been held with the Premier League side.

United have sent both chief scout Javier Ribalta and head of development John Murtagh to watch the youngster, who also played against United in the UEFA Youth League last month. A Bola (h/t Manchester Evening News) report that Benfica are warming to the idea of selling Embalo but United have been given a valuation of £14m-16m for the Portugal U17 star.

Embalo’s agent spoke about his client’s future last month, as reported by Manchester Evening News:

“Nothing is done, and the conversation, nobody communicated anything to me, nor to the parents. He has interest from several clubs, because he is an asset of Benfica and has gone down this route well.

“I can say that all the great clubs in Europe have already asked for information about Umaro, from Germany, England, Spain, France.

“If he’s going to Manchester is something that I don’t know at all, but it’s true that we have already met with Benfica and Manchester, there is no agreement, but there are conversations.”

Embalo is seen as one of the biggest stars coming out of the Benfica academy and the left-footed winger has drawn comparisons with former United stars, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani. The Red Devils are clearly interested in the Guinea-Bissau-born youngster – a speedy, aggressive, direct and intelligent forward.

Embalo, who plays right across the front line, though is most comfortable on the right wing, has scored 15 goals in 18 games for Portugal’s under-17 side.

United and RB Leipzig are being pushed forward as possible destinations, and the English giants are said to be showing the most ‘insistence’ on getting a deal done. Of course, the amount being demanded for the highly-rated forward is crazy, given that he is yet to prove himself on the biggest stage. But to say the least, the 20-time English champions’ interest in the player is genuine.