Newcastle United are ‘moving forward’ with a ‘huge proposal’ to sign Manchester United target Goncalo Ramos, according to Portuguese publication O Jogo (page 6).
The 22-year-old was in scintillating form for Benfica last season. He scored 27 goals and provided another 12 assists from 47 appearances for the Primeira Liga giants.
His form has attracted interest from United and Paris Saint-Germain, but O Jogo claim it is the Magpies who are preparing their first move for the striker.
The Tyneside outfit are looking to strengthen their squad after securing Champions League qualification, and are moving forward with a big-money offer for Ramos.
Ramos currently has a release clause worth €120 million (£103m) in his contract, but Benfica are prepared to sell him for €80m (£68.5m) during this summer’s transfer window.
United must step up interest in Ramos
The Red Devils recently secured the signing of Mason Mount from Chelsea, and they are currently focusing on the transfer of Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana.
A couple of verbal proposals have been made to the Nerazzurri, but the Red Devils have yet to meet the €60m (£51m) valuation set by the Serie A giants for the goalkeeper.
Judging by United’s slow process, it could take another week or two before they finalise the fee for Onana. By that time, United could lose Ramos to Eddie Howe’s side.
In our opinion, the club need to work simultaneously on multiple deals. The current strategy of negotiating for one player at a time needs to change very soon.
Ramos is one of the most sought-after young strikers in world football at the moment. He enhanced his reputation last winter after a stellar hat-trick for Portugal at the World Cup.
Aside from his goal contributions, the youngster has also excelled with his high pressing, hold-up play and ability to provide key passes. He won a stunning 4.9 duels per game last term.
The Portuguese has all the traits to become a world-class striker in future, and United can ill-afford to miss out on his services. The big question is whether they can afford him.
United have already spent £55 million of their £120m pre-sales budget on Mason Mount and have only £65m left. They may need to prioritise Ramos’ signing first despite holding talks for Onana.
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