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Manchester United: Goncalves the right-winger United need

With Manchester United having failed to sign Jadon Sancho last summer, there continues to be links to a number of widemen from across the continent.

The latest rumour to circle is that the Red Devils are interested in current Sporting Clube de Portgual man Pedro Goncalves, according to The Telegraph.

It is easy to see why admiring glances are being cast from Old Trafford towards the Estadio Jose Alvalade considering that the 22-year-old has already hit 15 goals and provided a further five assists in all competitions this season.

They are statistics only bettered in the Manchester United squad by the irrepressible Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.

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Goncalves then would certainly bring some distinct quality to the Red Devils right-flank.

He is not just a specialised winger though. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster is also equally adept at playing in the centre.

It is versality that has certainly seen him praised, with former coach at Famalicao, Joao Pedro Sousa, labelling Goncalves as a “dream”.

Should the Red Devils make a move then, he would certainly relieve some of Fernandes’ burden.

When looking at his sheer statistics, he would also fill a gap in the Red Devils’ squad and give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer far more options to choose from.

According to WhoScored, Goncalves is averaging 2.4 shots per game, that figure only being bettered by Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford this season.

His 1.6 key passes per 90 are also only bettered by his compatriot and surprisingly Luke Shaw, whilst only Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial of United’s current attacking options better his 1.3 dribbles.

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Rated at £13.5m but reportedly possessing a £51.7m release clause in his current contract in Lisbon, it might not be cheap for Ed Woodward to acquire Goncalves.

However, he has the exact profile that the Red Devils are looking for and if he can emulate the successes of fellow Portuguese arrivals Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Nani and Fernandes, then he might just be the exact type of winger that the club are searching high and low for.

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