Manchester United are working on a deal for a new defender – who would instantly upgrade the backline.
The Red Devils have been forced into playing the likes of Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans in the centre of defence this season, who began the campaign way down the pecking order. Injuries to the likes of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane, however, have forced Erik ten Hag's hand, with new investment needed in this position.
With plenty of names linked with a move to Old Trafford, one potential star has emerged as one of the easier deals for Manchester United to complete.
The Portuguese is available for £85 million next summer, with the Eagles resigned to losing the star when bigger clubs come knocking. A release clause such as this, however, presents an opportunity for Man United to get a contract sorted for the 20-year-old without having to worry about negotiating a fee.
Liverpool have been interested in Silva, too, who is tipped to become one of the best centre-backs on Earth.
"I told you United were already scouting some players such as Antonio Silva from Benfica, who’s considered a super talented centre-back. Staying in Portugal, a Sporting player called Goncalo Inacio who is left-footed and a different kind of centre-back, more technical than fast, is being looked at," he said.
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