Manchester United set to make move for River Plate midfielder Enzo Fernandez amidst Real Madrid interest
According to Daily Star, Manchester United are set to make a move for the services of River Plate midfielder Enzo Fernandez amidst interest from Real Madrid. He is one of the highly-rated talents to have come up from their academy set-up and has become a fan favourite for his maturity at such a young age.
Man United have recently scouted Fernandez ahead of a potential move as River beat Fortaleza in the Copa Libertadores by a 2-0 scoreline on Wednesday. He even scored a goal on the day, which would have left a mark among the scouts. However, they will also need to deal with Real, who are vying for him at this moment.
Manchester City are also touted to be a potential destination for the Argentinian ahead of the summer transfer window. A release clause worth £20.6million will become active in his contract after this season which paves the way for an interesting transfer tussle in the future.
Necessary signing for Man Utd?
Reinforcements in midfield this summer should be declared a priority, looking at the recent developments surrounding our squad. After all, Nemanja Matic has recently revealed that he would depart Old Trafford at the end of this campaign.
We do not have any like-for-like replacements in the team as Fred and Scott McTominay are more suited to play as box-to-box midfielders. Fernandez can be the solution in such a case, plus his flexibility to play as a centre-mid also offers more options to the potential new manager.
That versatility would certainly be helpful considering how we would also lose Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard on free transfers this summer. Finding replacements for all of them can be difficult in one single window, especially when we need to bolster the attack and defence as well.
As such, Fernandez can be a useful addition, as he can be used in different roles according to the situation. His relatively low release clause makes him a more attractive prospect, making it even more necessary why we should go down this route.
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Moreover, the interests from Man City and Los Blancos are a nod to the quality that the 21-year-old possesses at his current age. However, that makes him a difficult target to acquire, as we would need to battle against teams who are in a far better state than us.
What we can do is to convince the South American about the project we are building where he could potentially enjoy more prominence, unlike the case with our rivals. After all, their midfield is stacked with quality options which could prevent him from getting regular game time. Let’s hope that the board can finalise a transfer for him and back the new man in charge as a result.