Manchester United are not alone in their pursuit of Braga defender David Carmo, with one report indicating that the number of clubs who have made contact with his agent stretches into double figures.
Carmo recently emerged as a target for United ahead of the January transfer window. The club failed to bring in a left-footed centre-back in the summer, but the Braga starlet could ease their concerns in January.
The 21-year-old has already established himself as a first team regular for Braga, and his long-term future could push him to the Premier League.
With United looking relatively frail at the back towards the start of the season, Carmo could help rectify their problems if he arrived mid-season. However, there are a number of other clubs ready to rival the Red Devils.
According to The Athletic‘s David Ornstein, around 10 clubs have made contact with Carmo’s representatives. Some of the Premier League’s six biggest teams are among the interested parties.
Carmo has a release clause of €40m after signing a new deal with Braga recently. Therefore, anyone who wants to sign him will have to fork out the cash.
Carmo remains under contract at Braga until 2025, but they may not be able to keep hold of him for that long.
Carmo to partner Maguire?
United eye Carmo as a potential first-choice partner for Harry Maguire at the back. They were in the hunt for Gabriel Magalhaes for that role in the summer, but the Brazilian chose Arsenal instead.
Therefore, in January, United will have to turn their attention elsewhere. And Carmo, who stands at 6ft 4in, could fit the bill.
As previously reported, United will have to sell Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones before they can sign Carmo.
Jones been left out of their Premier League squad this season. But while Rojo is present, both seem surplus to requirements.
The duo are both absent from United’s Champions League squad, and have not played this season. Therefore, exits could be on the cards.
There have also been suggestions of an exit for fellow defender Eric Bailly, which could pave the way for a bid for Carmo.