Manchester City join Manchester United in race for SL Benfica wonderkid Cher Ndour
Premier League rivals Manchester City have joined Manchester United in the race for SL Benfica wonderkid Cher Ndour, according to The Sun.
The Sky Blues have sent scouts on several occasions to watch the midfielder play for Benfica and Italy’s youth sides. Former Red Devils star Paul Pogba is who the 18-year-old has been compared with.
In the upcoming transfer window, Ndour is set to become a free agent. His contract with the Primeira Liga outfit will expire, although the Eagles and former club Atalanta will have to be paid training compensation.
The 18-year-old joined Benfica in 2020 and has mostly played for the B team. However, the youngster has caught a lot of people’s attention with his impressive displays.
Recently, in March, the Italy U20 international was also handed his first-team debut at the Primeira Liga outfit. The midfielder came on as a substitute in the final minutes as Roger Schmidt’s team beat Vitoria Guimaraes 5-1 in the league.
Pep Guardiola has an abundance of talent in his squad. City have the likes of Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva to call upon in the middle of the park.
As for United, Casemiro and Christian Eriksen have been impressive this season, but they are not getting any younger. Also, Fred and Scott McTominay have been inconsistent over the years at the club. Therefore, we would evidently do with some fresh blood in the engine room.
Apart from the two Manchester rivals, Ndour is attracting interest from other top teams. Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and AC Milan have him on their radar. But the youngster is not keen on a move back to Italy.
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At the moment, the 18-year-old is one of the most exciting prospects. He has shown the potential to become a world-class midfielder. But it remains to be seen whether United will be able to pip the competition for his signature.