Manchester United and Newcastle have been given a major lift in their respective pursuits of Goncalo Ramos amid claims Bayern Munich have dropped out of the race to sign him.
The striker managed eight goals and four assists in 46 appearances for Benfica last season. He has already matched that goal tally this campaign and has put up more assists, too.
Ramos has been putting in some serious work over the summer and now looks like a different animal. He began the season with a hat-trick for Benfica in their Champions League qualifier against FC Midtjylland.
And in his most recent Primeira Liga outing, the Portuguese registered two goals and an assist as Benfica thrashed Maritimo 5-0.
Benfica are top of the table and in a good position to win their first Portuguese title since 2018-19. Porto and Sporting Lisbon have shared the domestic crown in the last few years.
Ramos’ exceptional form has put some of Europe’s biggest teams on alert. Reports claim Manchester United want to sign him as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Red Devils have made contact over his potential move, too.
Newcastle are also keeping tabs on the situation. They spent a club-record £60m on Alexander Isak in the summer, but it seems Eddie Howe wants another quality striker adding to his ranks in 2023.
Bayern Munich are admirers of the 21-year-old as well. They lost Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona in July and replaced him with Sadio Mane.
The Liverpool icon is 30 years old, which means he still has several years left at the top level. But it seems Bayern chiefs want to capture Ramos soon to ensure the striker transition is smooth.
Bayern drop interest in Goncalo Ramos
According to The Chronicle, who cite German newspaper Kicker, Bayern no longer hold an interest in Ramos. They will make a move for a new goalscorer, but Benfica’s star man is not on their shortlist.
This is a major boost for Man Utd and Newcastle. Bayern are a serious threat when it comes to transfers, so them pulling out of the race puts Man Utd and Newcastle in a good position.
However, there is still a serious issue which needs to be overcome before Ramos can arrive in the Premier League.
As per Portuguese outlet A Bola, Benfica are aware of the growing interest in their forward. They have no intention to let him leave and are planning to open negotiations over a new contract to stave off the interest.
Ramos’ current deal runs until June 2026, which puts them under no pressure to sell. But they know the star may want to force through a move in the future and are preparing to give him a pay rise to prevent this.
While Benfica will try their hardest to prevent an exit, they will struggle to keep Man Utd and Newcastle away from him. Both English clubs have huge spending power and can easily improve on the wages Benfica plan to offer.
Ramos will probably want to spend the next few months, or possibly the full season, in Portugal to continue his development.
But if he extends his brilliant form over the full campaign then a Premier League offer next summer will become highly likely.