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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Man United keep a close tabs on €25m-rated Portuguese striker

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Benfica centre-forward Goncalo Ramos has been on Man United’s radar for a while now and he has been closely tracked and scouted several times by the club’s recruitment team as new manager Erik ten Hag looks to strengthen the centre-forward department following the departure of Ronaldo. Portugal international has enjoyed plenty of success up top as the sole centre-forward for Benfica since he replaced Darwin Nunez, who left the club for Liverpool last summer. Ramos has been on fire for Benfica this season, registering 14 goals and six assists from only 21 games in all tournaments, as well as shining in the UCL, helping the Eagles remain unbeaten across all boards in the 2022/23 campaign so far. His progress has grabbed the attention of Man United, but they may have to pay a premium price for him in the future after he announced himself on the grandest stage in style as Goncalo delivered one of the best-ever World Cup individual performances with an outstanding hat-trick for Portugal against Switzerland. The 21-year-old striker started in place of Ronaldo, which coach Santos stressed was a tactical decision rather than a disciplinary one, and made the most of his chance. The Portuguese played an all-around game, sprinting off the ball, providing pressing triggers, and overall looking like a modern centre-forward with exceptional poaching skills. The Portuguese centre-forward is under contract with Benfica until June 2026, so it’s likely that Man United might have to wait until next summer to make their move for the striker.

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