According to The Sun, Benfica could be banned from playing in the Champions League for up to three years after being accused of a series of corruption and false information crimes, and Manchester United should use the situation to their advantage by signing the highly-rated Ruben Dias in January.
The Sun reports that the Lisbon attorney general’s office has brought charges against the club relating to alleged attempts to gain access to magistrates’ investigations involving the club or its rivals in the Portuguese league.
Benfica are the country’s most successful club having won their league title a record 36 times and finished runners up last season, allowing them to qualify for this year’s Champions League where they have been drawn against Bayern Munich, Ajax and AEK Athens in the group stages.
According to The Sun, the club has been accused of committing 30 crimes over the past two seasons, but a verdict could take years from the notoriously slow legal system in Portugal if the case does go to trial. If things do progress though, many of the club’s top players may look to force moves away.
Manchester United should use the uncertainty surrounding Benfica’s situation and submit a bid for the Portuguese international defender Ruben Dias, who is valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt.
The 21-year-old has been at Benfica for his entire career and made 31 appearances in all competitions last season, chipping in with four goals.
Despite his young age, Dias received his first Portugal cap in the friendlies before this summer’s World Cup, but although he was included in the squad he failed to make an appearance off the bench in the tournament itself.
United were linked with a number of different centre-backs during the summer as Jose Mourinho doesn’t seem to trust Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof or Marcos Rojo, but Ed Woodward failed to sanction the signing of any of the manager’s targets.
With a bid in January though, Dias could be the signing that Mourinho has been longing for and that United seem desperate for.
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