MANCHESTER UNITED are prepared to launch an £88million bid for Goncalo Ramos, reports suggest.
However, the move will depend on who takes over the club.
The 21-year-old forward has been in electric form this season, scoring 24 goals and adding a further ten assists in all competitions.
Ramos shot to fame outside of Portugal after replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in the Portugal team and scoring a hat-trick in the World Cup last 16 against Switzerland.
Spanish outlet AS report Erik Ten Hag has given the green light for United to sign him, although current club Benfica will not sell for any less than £88m.
Such a large fee will require big financial muscles, something United could boast depending on the outcome of their ongoing takeover battle.
Qatar’s Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and Ineos owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe are the two frontrunners in the process.
But Sheikh Jassim’s group pack far more financial muscle than the Brit’s, already placing a world-record £5bn bid down to buy the club from current owners the Glazers.
Ten Hag has already spoken about the need to bring in more firepower in the summer, with the likes of Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen also linked with a transfer.
Regardless, he has called on five stars to score more goals to ease the burden on talisman Marcus Rashford, though omitted Weghorst from his list.
He said: “I think we have players like Bruno [Fernandes], like Jadon Sancho, like Anthony Martial, like Scott McTominay, like Antony dos Santos, we have enough players with the capabilities to score goals, definitely.
“What I said previously, I work in the back on next season [for transfers] but we’re working now on this season, so first of all make sure everyone is available and keep improving the way of play and that’s the best chance of scoring more goals.”
Other than Rashford, Fernandes is the only player in the United team to hit double figures this season.
United have been handed a boost by the return of Martial, with Ten Hag saying he can be in the squad to play in Sunday’s clash against Newcastle.