Man United held talks with 24-year-old South American attacker

Nicolas De La Cruz has popped up on the radar of Man United heading into the summer transfer window. Uruguay international could leave South American giants River Plate this summer, with Man United set to shell out €20m to secure his services.

De La Cruz started out at Liverpool Montevideo, a club he joined as a 12-year-old in 2009 before breaking into their first-team setup in 2015. After a couple of years within the club’s senior side, Nicolas made the step up to South American heavyweights River Plate.

Over the last four years, Nicolas has featured 118 times for River Plate, with a tally of 19 goals and 28 assists to show for his efforts. His exploits have also helped the Uruguayan midfielder break into the national side and heading into the summer transfer window, he could be set for a big move to Europe, with Man United among the clubs interested in him.

The interest from Man United comes as a bit of a surprise, considering just how successful Bruno Fernandes has been at Theatre of Dreams. With the Portuguese international continuing his upward trajectory at Man United, the no. 10 slot is one position that appears to be sorted in a squad that could be shuffled around a little.

In fact, Donny van de Beek, who joined Man United from Ajax last summer and has been Bruno Fernandes’s backup option, has struggled for game-time and has been linked with a summer exit. The emergency options behind van de Beek and Bruno are Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard, and all in all, there is no need for another attacker unless van de Beek leaves.