Man Utd forced to fight Everton, Wolves for £22.5m Brazil sensation

Manchester United will have to do battle with Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers if they are to win the race for Gustavo Assuncao, according to a report.

AS states that the defensive midfielder, who captains Portuguese outfit Famalicao, is a target for the Red Devils.

However, bringing him to Old Trafford will be anything but straightforward.

As well as the two aforementioned league rivals, Nice and Sevilla also want to ‘carefully examine’ the Brazilian too.

The source claims that Sevilla’s sporting director has close tabs on the 20-year-old.



AS adds that a €25million (£22.5million) price tag has been slapped on the hot prospect with his current contract lasting until June 2025.

Assuncao joined his current club from Atletico Madrid’s youth system in July 2019 but could be on the move again as soon as January.

The youngster has played 46 times for Famalicao since his transfer, notching two assists.

He is the son of ex-Atletico Madrid player Paulo Assuncao, who played 109 Portugal top-flight games with Porto and CD Nacional.

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Current United midfielder deemed ‘not world-class’ by pundit

Meanwhile, Manchester United summer signing Donny Van de Beek has faced harsh words from a former professional.

Ex-Holland international Rene Van der Gijp has said the Dutchman is not world-class level.

He said the midfielder’s talents would instead be more suited to league rivals Everton.

“Van de Beek is not a world-class player, more Everton,” he said. “And Van de Beek always gives balls that I think ‘I saw that too’ so there is little surprise in it.

“The question is: do you think there is still a lot of flexibility in Van de Beek?”

Van de Beek, who has often struggled for game time this season, started his second Premier League game in a row in the match with West Ham.

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