Man United to bid £35m for Brazilian striker with 20 goals this season – report

Manchester United have been linked with a move to sign prolific Benfica forward Carlos Vinicius this summer.

The Brazilian striker is the leading scorer in the Portuguese top flight this season, netting 15 goals in 19 Primera Liga appearances before the coronavirus outbreak put an indefinite suspension on football.

Vinicius has scored 20 goals in 33 games in all competitions, attracting interest from a host of top European clubs.

The 25-year-old signed for Benfica from Napoli last season and has immediately hit the ground running in Lisbon.

Vinicius has an £88m release clause in his Benfica contract which runs out in 2024.  But due to financial uncertainty around the coronavirus crisis, there is a possibility he could be made available in a cut-price deal this summer.

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And according to the Sun, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the frontman as a leading transfer target and United are willing to test the waters with a £35m offer.

It is claimed that runaway leaders Liverpool have also registered an interest in the player and could also make a move for the striker.

Vinicius is a natural goalscorer who could provide competition to Anthony Martial if Odion Ighalo’s loan spell is not extended beyond this season.

However, we are unsure about the credibility of these reports and Solskjaer should target a more accomplished, exciting option in Moussa Dembele this summer.

As reported by the Daily Express, United are increasingly confident of signing the £60m-rated Lyon star who is viewed as an ideal long-term replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

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