Manchester United are preparing a £35m bid for Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius, according to reports cited by The Sun.
The Brazilian striker leads the Portuguese scoring charts with 15 goals in 19 Primeira Liga appearances — as well as registering 20 goals in 33 games across all competitions.
Vinicius, 25, has not been at Benfica for very long but they know already they will be making a big profit from their player if they sell him any time soon. The £88m release clause in his contract is very unrealistic now with the transfer market hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
He only arrived from Napoli last summer costing £15m which is peanuts for a goalscorer these days, and Portuguese media reports reckon United are ready to test the waters by offering £35m.
It all started in the Santos academy as Vinicius had spells with Palmeiras B, Caldense, Anapolis GO. He moved to Europe in 2017, joining Portuguese club Real SC. The striker enjoyed his debut campaign scoring 20 goals in 38 matches, prompting Napoli to sign him in 2018.
Manchester United have already made one important signing from the Primeira Liga this year with Bruno Fernandes arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January. Some might be hesitant to see players joining from the Portuguese league but Bruno Fernandes has had no problems adapting to the Premier League and has already become a huge fan favourite.
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