Manchester City have reportedly joined the race to sign Benfica midfielder Florentino Luís this summer.
According to Record (via Sky Sports), Pep Guardiola has told City scouts to continue tracking the 20-year-old’s progress in Portugal this season.
The report comes after Portuguese publication A Bola A Bola (via Sport Witness) claimed United were interested in making a move for the youngster.
It is said that United scouts have been in attendance at Benfica games in recent weeks, keeping a close eye on Luís as well as teammate Ruben Dias, a promising central defender who starred in Portugal’s inaugural Nations League triumph this summer.
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Luís is a defensive midfielder who has come through Benfica’s youth ranks. He has shown maturity beyond his years in the early stages of his career, making nineteen appearances so far for the Primeira Liga side.
He is currently valued at €15m on Transfermarkt, but it is likely to command a much higher price from Benfica if either of the Manchester clubs come calling.
Defensive midfield is a position that should be much more of a priority to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United rather than at champions Man City.
Nemanja Matic’s form is deteriorating and Scott McTominay cannot be relied upon to play each game protecting the back four. Luis plays in an area that the Reds should be looking to strengthen in the coming transfer windows so his name will be worth keeping a look out for.
City meanwhile, already boast new £62.8m signing Rodri and Fernandinho in their ranks, but may be looking to provide more strength in depth in the area and Luís has great potential to develop and could be suited to the Premier League.