Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano provides update on two Manchester United targets 👀
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Transfer news expert Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on two potential Manchester United targets for 2024 - Benfica defender Antonio Silva, and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
Romano spoke earlier this week about Man Utd keeping an eye on Werner’s situation at Leipzig, though how strongly they pursue the Germany international would likely depend on who becomes the club’s new director once Sir Jim Ratcliffe completes his purchase of a 25% stake in the Premier League giants.
Writing in his Daily Briefing column today to address the Werner situation again, Romano said: “United have asked to be kept informed on his situation as it’s possible he could leave RB Leipzig this January after becoming unhappy at the club.
“There’s still nothing advanced at this stage, and again the new director at Old Trafford will be key to seeing how this deal progresses, or if they pursue it at all.”
Romano also had an update on Silva, naming him as being firmly among the Red Devils’ targets in defence for 2024.
“It remains their plan to invest in a top centre-back in 2024, and on the list they have some specific names: Antonio Silva of Benfica, Jean-Clair Todibo of Nice, Edmond Tapsoba of Bayer Leverkusen - these are some of the names they are scouting,” Romano said.
“Soon they will have a new director under Sir Jim Ratcliffe, so let’s see then who they’ll decide is the player they really want, but for sure they will sign a top centre-back in 2024.
“Silva is on the list, for sure, as I told you months ago, but what I want to add is that Benfica believe a deal for the January transfer window is really complicated. Silva is protected by a release clause of €100m, but I’m told Man United will return to keep scouting Silva, along with his Benfica teammate Joao Neves.
“The idea is to keep scouting these two talented young players in the next weeks and months, and for sure Silva is firmly on the list for United in this important position for Erik ten Hag’s squad.”