Man Utd identify Braga starlet as defensive target Solskjaer craves

Date published: Friday 13th November 2020 5:57 - Samuel Bannister

Manchester United are among a number of teams watching Braga defender David Carmo, according to a report.

United were in the market for a left-footed centre-back during the summer transfer window. However, they failed to sign one – notably missing out on Nathan Ake to rivals Manchester City.

Therefore, a player of that profile is still on the agenda for January. And according to ESPN, the solution could come from Portugal.

It is claimed that United are monitoring Carmo, who is only 21 years old, but has already established himself as a first team regular for Braga. He started their first five league games of the season before receiving a suspension.

While that has ruled him out for a couple of games, his future looks bright in the long-term. He got a chance to play against an English side when Braga faced Leicester in the Europa League recently.

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If United firm up their interest, he could get the opportunity to play in England permanently. According to ESPN, United have added him to their shortlist.

With his 6ft 4in frame, Carmo stands out for his physicality, so he could be able to cope with the demands of the Premier League.

Carmo is a Portugal under-20 international, who also won the Euros at under-19 level in 2018.

United are not alone in the interest, but the report does not mention who the other suitors are. Carmo remains under contract until 2025, which could be another obstacle to the deal.


Jones and Rojo must leave first

Before United can bring another defender in, first they must let go of two currently among their ranks.

Those in danger of being moved on are Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo. 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.

Rojo spent the second half of last season out on loan in Argentina with Estudiantes. This January, United could look for a more permanent solution.

Jones, meanwhile, has been linked with a move to Burnley – but it all depends on their proposed takeover and the impact that would have on current Clarets centre-back James Tarkowski.

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