Red Devils had joined cross-town rivals Man City in the battle for Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis. In fact, Man United sent scouts to watch Eagles’ comprehensive 4-0 win at Sporting Braga on 1 September, where they were also keeping tabs over defender Ruben Dias.
U20 Portugal international just made his senior debut in February and played 15 matches for the Portuguese club last campaign after stepping up from the Benfica B team. A regular in Portugal’s youth sides, Luis lifted European Under-17 Championship in 2016, before adding the Under-19 Championship title to his title cabinet two years later.
Florentino has impressed in the midfield for the Portuguese club so far this campaign, managing nine appearances across all tournaments. With the 20-year-old midfielder quickly becoming one of the most sought-after talents in Europe, Red Devils must do everything in their powers to sign him in winter.
Man United go into Sunday’s home game against Brighton already 10 points adrift of the top four, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team winning only three of their 11 Premier League matches so far this campaign. There’s a lot of surgery that needs to be done to the squad that the Norwegian manager inherited from Jose Mourinho last winter.
One of the crucial areas the Norwegian tactician must address in the January transfer window is the midfield. After Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera’s departure, Man United light in the midfield heading into the new campaign.
With Nemanja Matic, Fred, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba and teenager James Garner as the only options in central midfield, it’s very difficult for the Red Devils to compete on all fronts.