A new name has emerged on the ever growing list of Manchester United transfer targets.

Portuguese newspaper Record claim United are keen on Benfica ace Ruben Dias.

Dias plays as a centre-back, a position Ole Gunnar Solskjaer badly needs to address.

Here are five facts about the potential summer signing…

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  1. Dias is 21-years-old and already has nine international caps for Portugal. He has made 30 league starts for Benfica this season.
  2. He has played at Old Trafford already, featuring against United home and away for Benfica in the Champions League group stages in 2017. United won both games 1-0 and 2-0.
  3. Dias has a release clause in his contract at £51 million. Atletico Madrid and Juventus are both keen on his signature. His current deal runs until 2023.
  4. Last season he won Portugal’s young player of the year award and was selected in his country’s World Cup squad.
  5.  Dias’ rise to the Benfica first team was accelerated by Victor Lindelöf’s departure to United. He has filled in admirably, with Portuguese website Goalpoint describing him as a near perfect replacement, and making a case that he is even better.

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£51 million is a lot of money, but it could turn out to be cheap for a player of his quality.

Dias is regarded as one of the best up and coming defenders in Europe and is comparable to Ajax’s Mattijs de Ligt.

 

He would be a superb signing, and could strike up a formidable partnership with Victor Lindelöf.

United need to decide whether to go for an up and coming player like Dias, a more expensive defender like Kalidou Koulibaly, or an older and more experienced option in Toby Alderweireld, who is considerably cheaper.

If we are lucky, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may add two.

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