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Man Utd interested in signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Morten Hjulmand

Manchester United are interested in signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Morten Hjulmand this summer, according to Portuguese publication O Jogo.

The Red Devils have been fancied to recruit a new holding midfielder. They have been linked with multiple names over the past month including Joao Neves.

A recent report said that the club are weighing up an approach for Sporting centre-back Goncalo Inacio.

O Jogo (page 12) add to the story by revealing the Red Devils’ interest in signing Hjulmand this summer.

The Denmark ace only joined Sporting from Lecce last year, but he has already become one of the undisputed starters under manager Ruben Amorim.

Amorim has already said that he is a ‘more complete‘ midfielder than his predecessors in the squad and Sporting appear determined to keep him next term.

The Portuguese outfit are quite clear that he won’t leave for less than his £68 million release clause.

United speculation with Hjulmand could be agent-driven

The Red Devils currently have Casemiro, Scott McTominay and Kobbie Mainoo who can operate from the number six role. Sofyan Amrabat could be re-signed after his season-long loan spell.

Any move for another defensive midfielder could depend on outgoings. Casemiro is on the radar of Saudi Arabian clubs. If he were to leave, the hierarchy may want a marquee replacement.

Hjulmand, who is an international teammate of Red Devils striker Rasmus Hojlund, had a solid debut campaign with Sporting as they won the Primeira Liga title.

However, we don’t see United making a huge outlay on him during the next transfer window.

The club have been monitoring Benfica’s Neves for some period of time. If they are planning to spend big, they could prioritise a deal for the highly-rated Portuguese wonderkid.

In our view, the speculation linking Hjulmand could be agent-driven to persuade Sporting into handing him a new contract. He is currently on £33,000 per week and could be eyeing a pay rise.

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