Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has claimed that a potential move for Goncalo Ramos is one to watch at Manchester United – though it will take more than €70m (£60.3m) to sign him.
Fresh off a hat-trick at the World Cup, the Portuguese striker appears to be in high demand and could be the man to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ironically enough, those are the exact boots he had to fill the night he scored three times in the last 16 of the tournament against Switzerland.
However, it seems that it will take a much heftier sum than The Sun reported back in September.
They claimed that United were mulling over a potential £25m offer for the 21-year-old, despite him having a £100m release clause in his Benfica contract.
Now, Romano has detailed what it would take for the Portuguese club to think about parting ways with the five-cap ace.
Speaking on The United Stand YouTube channel, he said: “From what I’m told, Benfica’s intention is to keep all their stars.
“They did incredible in the Champions League, they were first in their group and so they want to try this Champions League experience at their best level this season, so I’m sure that Benfica will try to keep the player – unless they receive a crazy bid.
“So also in this case, a really important bid is needed, I think more than €70m, honestly, for Goncalo Ramos.
“At the moment, there are no conversations ongoing, it is just a player that Manchester United are following, this is correct – because at the World Cup but also during the Champions League games with Benfica, he is a player that Manchester United have monitored, but at the moment, it’s not a conversation to sign him or something advanced.
“It is one to watch for sure, because in this case, he is the traditional striker, he is a No 9 and so he could be the right one for Manchester United.”
TIF Thoughts on Ramos and United…
Would you prefer Gakpo to Ramos?
No, Ramos is a proper no.9
Having previously claimed that it will take just £43m to bring in alternative target Cody Gakpo, the Red Devils may be as well to bring in the PSV Eindhoven forward.
The Dutchman looked lethal through the middle for the Netherlands at the World Cup, scoring three goals, while at club level, he has managed to score eight times in 18 appearances as a centre-forward (Transfermarkt).
Ramos himself has been directly involved in 20 goals in just over 1,400 minutes this season, highlighting his efficiency, however, given the difference in price, we feel Gakpo should be Erik ten Hag’s preferred option.