Man Utd suffer key setback in chase for €66m defensive target

Date published: Wednesday 9th October 2019 1:29 - Jonny Whitfield

Manchester United have received a setback to their hopes of signing Benfica defender Ruben Dias, according to reports in Portugal.

United added to their defence in the summer with the signing of Leicester City defender Harry Maguire but with the club sitting 12th in the Premier League table after a poor start to the campaign, Record reports that the Red Devils are keen on Dias, 22.

However, the report continues that Benfica want to turn the defender into the ‘new’ Luisao, who retired at the end of last season having racked up over 500 appearances for the club.

To do that, club president Luis Felipe Vieira will reportedly increase Dias‘ release clause from €66m to €88m, as well as by making him captain of the side.



It is said that raising his exit fee and cementing his place in the side will put off potential suitors – including the Red Devils – from sniffing around at his availability.

Benfica have reportedly turned down an offer from Lyon for Dias from Lyon in the past and want to make sure that the players is safe from further speculation and interest.

Meanwhile, Thursday’s European papers suggested that United face competition from Real Madrid if they want to sign one Premier League star.


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