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Reports: Manchester United Interested In Carlos Vinicius

Manchester United are interested in signing Benfica striker Carlos Vincius, according to Portuguese news outlet Record.

The Brazilian is the third forward to be linked with a move to Old Trafford in the space of a week, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that the club are monitoring both Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele.

It’s clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to recruit a new number nine to add to his frontline, particularly with the long-term future of Odion Ighalo in doubt. The squad requires a figure that will compete with Anthony Martial for the starting role, taking the weighted responsibilities off 18-year-old Mason Greenwood’s shoulders.

Vincius is unsurprisingly a name that is at the centre of such speculation, given his form this season. In thirty-six games across all competitions, the forward has registered twenty-goals, racking up twelve assists too.

Operating as the lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 setup, the Brazilian flourishes in holding up the ball and bringing his teammates into play. It’s a system similar to the one being instilled at Old Trafford, with Vincius being experienced in linking up with two supportive wide-men.

Having only just joined Benfica last summer though, a deal would be complicated to conclude. The Brazilian is tied down until 2024, with his contract possessing a £87m release clause (via A Bola).

Given United’s clear intention to secure a new forward though, it could be a story worth following. As per The Sun, the club are prepared to test the waters with an opening £35m bid.

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