Man Utd and Man City set to battle for Portuguese sensation when transfer window opens | Football | Sport
Manchester City and Manchester United are set to spark a bidding war for Benfica wonderkid Florentino Luis.
Florentino made a big impression last season as he amassed 40 appearances for the Portuguese champions and is now rated at €100million (£89m).
According to The Sun, United have sent scouts to watch the 20-year-old in action during Benfica’s 4-0 win over Braga earlier this month.
The defensive midfielder is seen as someone that could add more flare and venom in the Red Devils’ play.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be unimpressed with Nemanja Matic and is looking for other options.
City, on the other hand, made a failed bid of £55m for Florentino last summer and could come back with an improved offer during the January transfer window.
Manager Pep Guardiola sees him as good cover for Rodri that could evolve into something greater.
Guardiola needs a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, whose contract expires in June.
And the Spanish boss rates the Portugal under-20s international as a very good candidate for that important role.
It has also been reported that United are keeping tabs on Florentino’s Benfica team-mate Ruben Dias.
Solskjaer wants to add talented youngsters as part of his vision of building a strong side and Dias is seen as someone that could shore up the defence.
The centre-back is rated highly by Benfica sporting director and Portugal legend Rui Costa who addressed the transfer speculation.
Costa said: “If he goes away I don’t know: we would like to keep him still and Ruben knows that here we would have a lot of attention.
“The club has needs to sell to make cash.
“We will see how the summer market will develop.”