Manchester United is interested in signing Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who is leaving the club.
According to El Nacional in Spain, the Red Devils will look to make a marquee signing in response to the departure of their number seven..
United are said to have found “the ideal candidate” in Vinicius and are willing to wait until June to sign him.
Given that he succeeded as Ronaldo’s heir at Real Madrid after the Portugal star left for Juventus, it stands to reason that he would be able to handle the pressure of doing the same at Old Trafford..
And, with his contract set to expire in 2024, he may not be as out of reach as one might think.
According to El Nacional, Erik ten Hag “personally contacted” Vinicius, even going so far as to press him to reject Real Madrid’s offer of a contract extension.
He has assured the winger that the coveted number seven shirt will be his if he makes the move, and the club is willing to go well above any offer made by Real Madrid.
Vinicius, one of the best players in the world, would undoubtedly excite Manchester United fans.
His pace and trickery harken back to a Cristiano Ronaldo that fans actually enjoyed watching, and he would undoubtedly enjoy facing off against them..
However, it is difficult to imagine Real Madrid doing anything other than going all out to keep their star winger, and United has previously been used as a bargaining tool in contract standoffs like this.
Of course, United have recently signed Raphael Varane and Vinicius’ compatriot Casemiro and may fancy their chances of stealing Madrid’s crown jewel from the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, it would be a massive undertaking requiring a significant financial investment at a time when United is well aware that their squad still has gaps to fill..
Vinicius’ position on the left wing is one of the few that may be overstaffed.
According to Transfermarkt, the current ownership is unlikely to sanction such a move while also providing Ten Hag with the funds needed to sign a striker, a right back, a midfielder, and possibly a goalkeeper..
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