SL Benfica could accept £70 million for Manchester United target Goncalo Ramos
Manchester United could get SL Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos for £70 million, with the Primeira Liga outfit willing to accept the price tag, according to Football Insider (h/t Manchester Evening News).
The Portugal international’s current contract runs until the summer of 2026 and includes a £105 million release clause. But the Eagles are open to accepting much less to part ways with the 21-year-old.
At the moment, Ramos is attracting interest from a number of top teams around Europe. Therefore, it would not be inconceivable to think that the competition to acquire his services will be intense.
The Portuguese made his way through the youth ranks at Benfica. In the previous campaign, the youngster was a regular member of the Primeira Liga outfit’s senior squad. However, back then, Darwin Nunez was their talisman.
However, this season, the 21-year-old has taken the mantle from the Uruguay international, who joined Liverpool last summer. The striker has become the leading figure for Roger Schmidt’s team.
In the current campaign, Ramos has found the back of the net 25 times in 37 appearances in all competitions for Benfica. The 21-year-old also scored a hat-trick for Portugal against Switzerland in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup.
At the moment, United’s front line evidently lacks a quality number nine. Anthony Martial has been injury prone for most of the season. Subsequently, Wout Weghorst was signed on loan in January to add reinforcements up front.
However, since his arrival, Erik ten Hag has had to rely on Marcus Rashford to score goals on a consistent basis. The 25-year-old has shouldered the burden of the Red Devils’ attack this term.
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Therefore, we could seemingly do with a prolific striker in the team. Ramos is still young and has shown a lot of potential. With Benfica willing to accept negotiating on the 21-year-old’s release clause, the Portuguese is a decent option to have on our radar.