Erik ten Hag eyes Benfica star with £100m release clause to bolster Manchester United attack

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has identified promising Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos as an ideal addition to his attacking ranks in the upcoming winter transfer window.

Ramos, 21, came through the ranks at Benfica before making his first-team debut for his boyhood club in July 2020. He rose to prominence with his heroics in front of goal last season, registering eight goals and four assists in 46 appearances in all competitions. .

Following the departure of Darwin Nunez at the start of the summer, the Portugal U21 international operates as the main striker for the Primeira Liga side. He has already equaled his previous campaign tally in just 12 games this term. This includes a hat-trick against Midtjylland in UEFA Champions League qualifying.

According to The Sun, Manchester United have approached Ramos’ representatives in light of his stunning form this season. Despite his £100m release clause, the Red Devils are hoping to acquire the striker for around £25m. Ramos, who was linked with Newcastle United earlier this summer, is also on Bayern Munich’s radar, according to the report.

United desperately need a striker. While doubts remain over Cristiano Ronaldo’s fitness, Anthony Martial has been sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury. Although Marcus Rashford shone in a central role, he suffered a muscle injury in the 3-1 Premier League win over Arsenal earlier this month.

Ten Hag’s side were linked with Cody Gakpo, Marko Arnautovic, Sasa Kalajdzic and Moussa Dembele in the summer but no transfer materialised.

Manchester United are reportedly backing Erik ten Hag with a January budget of £100million to continue improving his squad at Old Trafford.

Manchester United are reportedly backing Erik ten Hag with a January budget of £100million to continue improving his squad at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils signed Antony, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia for £206.7million. Martin Dubravka has arrived on a one-season loan deal.

Manchester United will next face city rivals Manchester City at the Etihad in the Premier League on October 2.

“We need to improve the structures in and around the club” – Manchester United manager

While discussing Manchester United’s transfer plans and strategies, new manager Erik ten Hag said the club are preparing for the upcoming transfer windows, including the winter. He said (via The Athletic):

“We have many meetings – we need to improve the structures in and around the club. And we will also look at the window in January or next summer already.”

The Red Devils are fifth in the Premier League table with 12 points from six games. They are second in their UEFA Europa League group with three points from two games.

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