Manchester United eye young Portuguese sensation Umaro Embalo

According to ESPN, Manchester United are keen on signing Benfica wonderkid Umaro Embalo and have been watching the player for some time.

What’s the Story?

Manchester United’s scouting network were out in full force in Lisbon earlier this week to keep tabs on 16-year-old Umaro Embalo of Benfica.

Chief scout Javier Ribalta and head of development John Murtagh watched from the stands as Manchester United’s development squad drew 2-2 with the Portuguese side.

Reports suggest they were watching one of Benfica’s most promising talents, Embalo, who has impressed in his team’s youth games this season.

Who is Embalo?

Eligable to represent both Portugal or Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Embalo was born in 2001 and has spent his entire youth career with Benfica.

A versatile forward, Embalo is lightning quick, fleet of foot and blessed with plenty of technical skills that have excited a number of watching scouts across Europe.

A Benfica Raid?

While Embalo may have been the main focus of Manchester United’s scouting adventures in Lisbon, reports suggest that Mourinho’s side are also keeping a close eye on two other young stars emerging from Benfica.

The first is 17-year-old striker Joao Felix. The youngster has already played games for Benfica’s reserve team and is considered one of the most exciting prospects in Portugal.

The second, midfielder Joao Filipe was the key man as Benfica reached the UEFA Youth League final last season. The 18-year-old has actually spent time on trial at Carrington, Manchester United’s training ground, before.

Aware of the interest in three of their most promising young players, Benfica are looking to tie the trio down to long-term contracts.