Manchester United will have to fend off the threat of Premier League champions Manchester City in their quest to sign highly rated Benfica centre back Ruben Dias.
This is according to the report from the Daily Mirror which claimed that Manchester City want to sign the Portuguese international defender to boost their defence.
Manchester United are long-term admirers of Ruben Dias and he has a release clause of 59 million pounds in his present contract with Portuguese champions Benfica.
Premier League champions Manchester City have endured several injuries in defence and that has affected their title challenge this season.
Manchester City have won the league title in each of the last two seasons but their bid to make it a hattrick of Premier League title wins this season is almost in ruins mainly because of a shaky defence.
The Citizens are already eight points adrift of title rivals Liverpool after the first eight games in the Premier League.
Manchester City lost their first choice defender Aymeric Laporte to a serious knee injury and he’s not expected to return to the pitch until next year.
His strike partner John Stones is also injured and that has led manager Pep Guardiola to field defensive midfielder Fernandinho and shaky defender Nicolas Otamendi as a centre back pairing.
Man Utd Scouts Watch Top Defensive Target In Champions League Action
Manchester United scouts were reportedly in attendance to run the rule over one of their transfer targets during a Champions League in midweek.
According to popular Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Manchester United scouts watched the Champions League game between Benfica and Lyon on Wednesday night.
Benfica beat Lyon 2-1 in the Group G clash to hand the French Ligue 1 giants their first defeat of the group stage.
Memphis Depay scored the only goal for Lyon and it proved to be just mere consolation due to the hosts’ two goals from Rafa Silva and Pizzi.
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It was revealed that Manchester United are after a player and they sent scouts to run the rule over their transfer target during the aforementioned Champions League game.
It is believed that the player is Benfica center-back Ruben Dias who has been linked with a move to Manchester United for the better part of this year.
The Portuguese international has a release clause of 66 million euros and recent reports said that the player is closing in on a new deal that will see that release clause increase.
It remains to be seen whether will want to spend big on another defender after their summer signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City.
Gary Neville Reveals Why Man City Won’t Win EPL, UCL Titles
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has revealed that Manchester City won’t win the Premier League title and the Champions League title.
Gary Neville talked about the Premier League champions while he was doing his punditry work on popular English news channel Sky Sports.
The former Manchester United defender said that city rivals Manchester City won’t win the two major trophies namely the Champions League and Premier League titles.
According to him, Pep Guardiola knows that he does not have the squad to win those aforementioned major trophies.
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Gary Neville said that the Manchester City defence is not good enough to win those trophies.
Manchester City have lost the services of former skipper Vincent Kompany this summer.
Vincent Kompany left Manchester City when his contract expired in the summer and has since taken up the job as a player/manager at Belgian top flight side Anderlecht.
Apart from losing the services of Vincent Kompany, Manchester City would be without first choice centre back Aymeric Laporte till next year after the French player suffered a serious knee injury.
England international John Stones has also struggled with injury this season thereby forcing manager Pep Guardiola to field defensive midfielder Fernandinho in the centre back position this season.
Benfica Confirm €126m Atletico Offer For Joao Felix
Portuguese champions Benfica have confirmed that Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have made a club-record offer for young attacker Joao Felix.
The offer for the young Portuguese forward was confirmed on Wednesday evening.
It was revealed that Atletico Madrid have made an offer €126m including add-ons for the 19-year-old forward.
Joao Felix signed a new Benfica contract at the start of the 2018/19 season thus taking his release clause to €120m.
Atletico Madrid have made an offer that’s more than the release clause but it includes add-ons.
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The Spaniards are the overwhelming favourites to sign Joao Felix who has also been linked with the newly crowned European champions, Liverpool.
The Reds were said to have made a £61m bid for the Portuguese teen sensation towards the end of last year only for the Merseysiders to be rebuffed in their attempt to sign the player.
Apart from Liverpool and Atletico Madrid, Joao Felix has also been linked with clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus and Bayern Munich.
Joao Felix is expected to be the club-record signing for Atletico Madrid when he joins them this summer.
The 2013/14 Spanish La Liga champions see Joao Felix as the direct replacement for star player Antoine Griezmann who will leave the new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium this summer.
Man United target Joao Felix undergoing medicals at Atletico Madrid
Latest report has revealed that Man United target and Portuguese outfit Benfica starlet Joao Felix is currently undergoing medical with Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid ahead of a move.
Joao Felix has been on the radar for a number of clubs including Man United who are reportedly ready to bring him in this summer transfer window to form a part of the Solsjaer’s rebuilding of the team.
It has, therefore, been claimed that he could be announced as Atletico Madrid player any moment from now with the hope that the medicals would be successful.
The Portuguese starlet visited the club on Tuesday for a tour after he signed his official contract on Wednesday, according to the claims.
Joao Felix will now be with the Spanish side as from next season where he is expected to continue his progress and also win more titles to his name.
However, this remains a blow to the Red Devils as they will not be able to land their target, giving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more work to do in getting a quality team together.
Joao Felix will be a big miss for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer because he is young and fits the quality needed at Old Trafford.