Manchester United line up move for David Carmo as Timber alternative

Manchester United have lined up a move for Braga centre-back David Carmo, the MEN report.

However, United will only push ahead with a deal for Carmo on one condition – if a planned deal for Jurrien Timber falls through.

Timber is United’s number one defensive target, and  The Guardian reported this week that initial talks have been held with Ajax.

The MEN claim United have held two rounds of talks with Braga over a potential deal.

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United move for David Carmo: What you need to know

Carmo, 22, is highly rated in Portugal, where he has racked up more than 56 first team games for the club.

He was first linked with a move to Manchester United a year ago, in a report via ESPN.

He has been called up to the Portugal squad but is yet to make his debut for his country.

The 2021/22 season was not ideal for him, however. He did not feature until February after suffering an ankle fracture which kept him out of the first six months.

He did return and played 14 games before the end of the season, reigniting interest in his services. The Mirror reported last month that Tottenham were interested.

Carmo has a deal at Braga until 2025, and a £35 million release, A Bola reported.

But United may be able to grab him at a discount, due to his lack of game time over the past season.

Carmo is a left-footed defender who stands at 6ft 5″. He averages 3.55 aerial duels won per game, and 2.6 interceptions per game.

He ranks inside the top 1 per cent of players in his position in Europe for clearances this season, average 6.75 per game, FBRef report.

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Carmo also has experience playing in the Europa League for Braga, featuring against Leicester City and Rangers.

A move for David Carmo would be the cheaper option of potential Timber alternatives, in comparison to Pau Torres, Alessandro Bastoni, or Lisandro Martinez.

As a back-up option, Carmo would be fine, if he could be signed for around £20 million. But he might not be an instant starter right away, whereas Timber could expect to be.

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