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Man Utd have to try their best to capture Benfica’s highly-rated 20y/o

Benfica’s 20-year-old midfielder Florentino Luis is attracting the tops clubs of Europe, including both Man Utd and Man City…

If Man Utd can challenge Man City in anything (these days), it’s transfers. Man Utd has had scouts in Benfica watching the defensive midfielder amongst other talents in the club.

After Man City signed Rodri, it appears that the interest from the Citizens has dwindled down. Whilst Man Utd are suffering significant consequences of not signing a midfielder, which could genuinely result in the side finishing outside the top 8 in the Premier League.

The good news, though, is that Man Utd have the ball in their court to pursue this defensive maestro.

So, what’s so good about Luis?

Particularly in the modern game, having a defensive midfielder is crucial. There are tactically aware, ball-playing, sensible defensive midfielders, such as Rodri and Nemanja Matic. Or there are advanced, skilful and able to initiate a build-in play like Chelsea’s Kante. There are even aerial duelling, strong and commanding maestro such as Yaya Toure.

With Luis, he seems to embody all of these qualities. Man Utd desperately needs a strong, defensive and well-rounded defensive midfielder to both guard the back four and find suitable passes to initiate an attack.

In my opinion, the best defensive midfield option for Man Utd to pursue is Leicester City’s Wilfried Ndidi. However, with Leicester City looking to overtake the Red Devils as the weakest side in the top 6, as well as losing Harry Maguire to them, it seems very unlikely.

This is why going all out for Luis is necessary, despite his price potentially being around £100million. As of right now, every top 6 side, plus Wolves and Leicester, have better midfields than Man Utd, a side looking to reach the top four. Without improving this key area, they are getting nowhere near.

What if 32 goals-midfielder had joined Man Utd in the summer?

Man Utd was linked to several midfielders over summer. Fans were furious on deadline day when no additions to the midfield were made, and foretold the struggles that Man Utd would face…

In Man Utd’s opening fixtures they have suffered one defeat and two draws, winning only one game using counter-attacks. This is worrying as most teams will now know to defend in a compact manner against the Reds. As recent games have shown that they do not have the midfield to pick out a man against a solid defence.

This is where the well-rounded midfielder Bruno Fernandes comes in. Last season, Bruno Fernandes scored 32 and got 18 assists in 53 appearances for Sporting Lisbon, drawing interest from clubs such as Man Utd, Real Madrid, Tottenham and Liverpool.

His form has continued into the current season. Fernandes has scored 2 and assisted 4 in four games in Liga Nos so far. Undoubtedly, he is one of the greatest midfielders in European football. He would have jumped at the chance to join Man Utd and prove himself on a much bigger stage.

Where would Man Utd be with Bruno Fernandes?

Should Bruno Fernandes have joined Man Utd in summer, I wholeheartedly believe that the Reds would have won each of their games so far this season.

On top of that, Paul Pogba having a talented midfielder to play alongside may have gone some way in encouraging him to stick around at Old Trafford. Increasing the chances that he will partake in the rebuild of Man Utd. The opportunities presented to the forward three of James, Martial and Rashford would also increase massively. Let alone the quality of football being displayed.

Overall, bringing in Bruno Fernandes, or any superstar creative midfielder, would have transformed this under-performing Man Utd. As a key ingredient would have been added. But most importantly, of course, it would have made the recent transfer window a lot more interesting.

LOWDOWN: Who is Man City target Felix Correia

Man City is on the brink of signing the 18-year-old Portuguese winger Felix Correia, but what exactly can he bring to a table full of champions?

Sporting Lisbon fans were banging on the door demanding that this young prodigy got a sniff at first-team football last season in Liga Nos. However, he is yet to make a senior appearance for both club and country.

Felix Correia would be a relatively safe signing for the blues, as the signing is going to cost only around £3million, and will likely be sent on loan upon his arrival to the Etihad.

Correia has been compared to the likes of the former Manchester United winger Nani, he is very direct, skilful, and loves to beat the defender. He is capable of playing on either wing as well as attacking-midfielder positions, making him similar to rival signing Daniel James for Manchester United. It appears big clubs are finding extreme value in versatile players.

The Portuguese scored 11 goals for Portugal’s under 17s and under 18s over the course of 22 games, which is where Correia began to hit the limelight.

For Manchester City after his likely loan, he could likely return as a much more experienced player who has learnt the ins and outs of beating defenders. With the likes of Sane and Sterling on the wings for the blues, it is evident that pacey and skilful wingers are a crucial feature in the way they play, and securing the deal of a pacey and skilful winger could simultaneously secure the methods instilled by Guardiola after his departure.

Due to a lack of senior football, it is difficult to analyse the 18-year-old, however, it is very likely that Manchester City has had their eyes on the youngster and have had him heavily scouted over recent months.

The deal is set to be announced over the next 48 hours.