Goncalo Ramos is ‘exception to Man Utd rule’ – they’ve been watching for a while
Manchester United have reportedly been tracking Goncalo Ramos long before his World Cup heroics.
Ramos, 21, has emerged as a transfer target for the Red Devils after he netted a knockout stage hat-trick for Portugal against Switzerland, prior to their quarter-final upset defeat to Morocco. He could come in as Cristiano Ronaldo's replacement – just as he did for his national team.
But it's not just his performance in Qatar which has attracted United's attention. According to the Manchester Evening News, they've been keeping track of the striker for a while.
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Ramos has registered 14 goals and six assists for Benfica so far this season, hence how he forced his way into Portugal's World Cup squad and ahead of Ronaldo in the pecking order.
He therefore might be an exception to the rule of not signing a player off the back of an impressive World Cup campaign. However, his price tag could prove to be problematic.
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Benfica director Rui Costa has already warned that any side looking to sign Ramos will need to trigger his release clause, believed to be in the region of €120million (£103M), as they don't want to sell any key players in January.
Losing their top scorer, who's stepped up since Darwin Nunez's departure to Liverpool, would be a massive dent in their title charge. They're currently leading rivals Porto by eight points at the top of the table.
That could well block United from signing Ramos in the winter window. Erik ten Hag is said to be keen to replace Ronaldo next month, so he may have to look elsewhere.
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