Paper Talk: Man Utd finally settle on £91m Herrera replacement

Date published: Monday 9th September 2019 8:26

Manchester United want a Benfica midfielder as their long-term successor to Ander Herrera, while Dani Ceballos already knows that his stay at Arsenal will be brief, according to Monday’s newspapers.



Manchester United have joined Manchester City in the hunt for Benfica’s latest sensation Florentino Luis.

Just two months after losing Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid for a nine-figure sum, the Portuguese giants find themselves scrapping to keep another of their teenage prodigies, with Luis the man (boy!) in demand.

According to both the Daily Star and the Daily Record, and via Portuguese paper Record – both Manchester clubs want to bring in the tigerish midfielder, with City having seen a £55m bid rejected this summer.

The player is seen by Pep Guardiola as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho, and while the Blues eventually signed Rodri from Atletico, it’s claimed they could come back in either in January or next summer.

But any approach will be rivaled by Manchester United, with A Bola claiming United scouts have extensively scouted the player this season. United didn’t replace Ander Herrera this summer and the Portuguese paper reckons the player has shot to the top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wanted list as a long-term successor to the Spaniard.

His arrival at Old Trafford could also trigger the exit of Nemanja Matic, whop has found game time hard to come by this season.

The Portugal youth international currently has a release clause at €95m (£91m), but that could rise if he is rewarded with a new contract this term.


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