Man Utd make €180m double swoop for Portuguese sensations

Karan Tejwani
Karan Tejwani
  • 3 Jan 2023 09:50 GMT
  • 2 min read
Erik ten Hag, Manchester United, 2022/23

Manchester United are eyeing a double swoop of the talented Benfica duo of Antonio Silva and Goncalo Ramos, according to Portuguese publication O Jogo.

The Red Devils are keen for reinforcements in multiple areas of the pitch and are looking at young talents who can spur them on for years to come.

Erik ten Hag is looking for a new forward to join his ranks with his squad relatively thin on options in that area of the pitch.

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He is also keen on adding to his defensive ranks and as a result, the Benfica duo of Silva and Ramos are of keen interest to him and the club.

Man Utd keen on Benfica duo

Both players were part of the Portugal squad that flew out to Qatar for the World Cup, with Ramos starting two games and even scoring a hat-trick against Switzerland in the last 16.

They will not come in cheap, however, as Ramos has a €120 million release clause in his contract while Silva is reportedly valued at €60 million.

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Given their young age – Ramos is 21 and Silva is 19 – Benfica will want a big sum for those players and given their history of being tough negotiators, Manchester United will not be able to land him easily.

At this point, Manchester United are not in a position to fork out €180 million on players, given their difficulties in the January transfer window where they are reportedly only looking for loan deals this month.

Ramos has had a huge emergence for Benfica this season, scoring 15 goals in 23 appearances for the club across all competitions this season.

Silva, meanwhile, has only just broken into the first team picture having played and won the UEFA Youth League in the last campaign and he has had some stellar displays, especially in the Champions League.