In Focus: Man United ready to fight for Benfica youngster

According to Bild, Manchester United have joined the race to sign Benfica forward Umaro Embalo, but the Red Devils face a battle to sign the highly-rated teenager.

What’s the story?

Barcelona, Real Madrid and RB Leipzig have all been credited with an interest in a player that is yet to represent Benfica’s first team.

Just 16 years old, Embalo is very much one for the future. Various reports in Germany have placed Leipzig as the favourites to sign one of the hottest talents in Portuguese football.

However, according to Bild, United are also very much in the race as head coach Jose Mourinho looks to further boost his youth ranks.

The report claims that United’s chief scout Javier Ribalta and head of development John Murtagh both scouted the striker last month ahead of a potential move.

In the latter stages of last year, Embalo’s agent revealed that there was a host of interest in his client, and it does appear that there will be a real scramble for his services.

What else is happening transfer-wise at United?

Well, there is the small matter of Alexis Sanchez’s potential arrival from Arsenal.

That particular transfer saga is expected to be sorted out over the next 24 hours or so, with United reportedly leading the race ahead of bitter rivals Manchester City.

It would be some deal for United if they could pull it off, and it has been suggested that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could move in the opposite direction.

Elsewhere, Marouane Fellaini’s future remains up in the air. The Belgium international will be out of contract at the end of this season, and West Ham United are the latest club to reportedly express an interest.

January is not historically a busy month for United when it comes to transfers, but with more than half of the winter window still to go, the Red Devils have plenty of irons in the future.