Man Utd scouts make second trip to Portugal in a month with left-back starring


Manchester United scouts were dispatched to Portugal on Monday evening to check one or more targets, according to a report.

United have had great success signing Portuguese players in recent seasons.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Victor Lindelof, Bruno Fernandes and Anderson have all arrived from the country. While rivals Manchester City have also recruited quality players from the Iberian Peninsula.

Ruben Dias, Ederson, and Eliaquim Mangala have all landed in the Etihad lately.

United often send scouts to Portugal and it was only last month that it was reported that they appeared in Benfica’s Champions League game with PSV.

A bola reported United had a club official watching the Eagles game at the Estadio da Luz. And now Jogo report United sent some of their scouts again this week to see the Eagles beat Boavista 3-1.

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It’s unclear who United have their eye on, but Darwin Nunez played for the hosts.

The 22-year-old Uruguayan striker has scored twice and was the man of the match.

Journalist Andy Naylor athletics claims Nunez was a target for Brighton. The striker scored 14 goals last season after his £ 21.8million from Almeria in Spain.

The forward, however, did not play for Benfica in August – the other date United were looking at.

This may very well suggest that United’s attention is elsewhere and that a man he just might be is Alex Grimaldo.

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The left-back has played in both games United Scouts were present in and he has been linked with the Premier League.

Manchester City have reportedly entered the race to sign Grimaldo after Lazio and Shakhtar Donetsk retreated from his asking price this summer.

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Grimaldo was a target of Mourinho

The 25-year-old has been with Benfica for five and a half years after joining Barcelona in January 2016.

Jogo recently reported that Lazio chief Maurizio Sarri was eager to take the all-rounder on board. Roberto De Zerbi wanted him at Shakhtar as well, but both clubs weren’t keen on paying € 20million.

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Portuguese transfer expert Pedro almeida claimed Man City rekindled their interest. He said negotiations were already underway for a possible summer transfer.

That of course never happened and now United may well follow it.

United have reportedly pursued Grimaldo when Jose Mourinho was in charge.

And Mourinho continued to pursue the player at Tottenham. Now it appears United have an interest in the player, who no longer has a contract in 2023.

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