Manchester United willing to buy Benfica centre-back Antonio Silva

Recent reports from Portugal have shed light on Manchester United‘s active pursuit of a promising defensive talent from Benfica, Antonio Silva, with the transfer slated for the year 2024.

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Silva’s meteoric rise in the football world is undeniable. He has already amassed an impressive track record of 36 appearances for Benfica, managing to find the back of the net on three occasions. Furthermore, his abilities have not gone unnoticed on the international stage, as he has represented the Portuguese national team in five appearances. The market value assigned to Silva by currently stands at a staggering €45 million, a clear testament to his immense potential and growing reputation.

While Manchester United explored various positions during the last summer transfer window, their priorities have shifted after revelations from the renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. Romano’s insights have transformed the landscape, making the acquisition of a top-tier defender the primary objective for Manchester United in 2024. This shift has given rise to a plethora of potential candidates for the club.

According to the Portuguese publication Record, it is Antonio Silva who has captured the attention of Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag. Despite being just 19 years old, Silva has already drawn comparisons to Manchester City’s defensive linchpin, Ruben Dias. His on-field statistics speak volumes, boasting an outstanding 94% pass success rate, coupled with an average of 6 successful duels, 4 tackles, and 4 clearances per game this season.

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Naturally, Silva’s remarkable form has ignited the interest of several top-tier clubs, including the likes of Real Madrid. However, rumors abound that it is Manchester United who is laying the groundwork for a significant bid to secure his services.

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Nevertheless, prying Silva away from Benfica promises to be an arduous task. The Portuguese club has shielded their prized asset with a formidable €100 million release clause, and they are reportedly in the process of extending his contract, solidifying their commitment to retaining his services.

Manchester United’s pursuit of Antonio Silva is poised to become a captivating transfer saga in the upcoming year.

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Enzo Cattaneo

Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea.

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