Manchester United have been linked with exciting young talent Thiago Almada.
Tuttomercatoweb reported last month that United had made an approach over a potential deal for the player.
So who is the potential new signing and where would he fit in at Manchester United?
Here are five facts about the promising player…
1) Almada is 19-years-old and plays for Argentine club Velez Sarsfield. He has already made 46 first team appearances for the club.
2) He is an attacking midfielder and so far he has nine career goals to his name, with five coming this past season. This season he has played in his preferred central role, as well as featuring on the left wing, right wing, and even he played up front and scored against River Plate.
3) Almada has a release clause in his contract of £22 million, report Goal.
4) His manager at Velez is a familiar face, former Manchester United title winner Gabriel Heinze. The former left-back gave Almada his debut and has trusted him ever since. He was also born in the same town as former United attacker Carlos Tevez.
5) Goal named Almada in the top 20 young players in the world in their recent NextGen list, along with Mason Greenwood and Erling Haaland.
What they say
Heinze told the Argentine press: “Thiago (Almada) has a great capacity for growth. He is still a boy, but he is a player who can give Argentine soccer great joy.”
His former youth coach Eduardo Hernandez told Clarin: “Almada is much more technical (than Tevez ever was). Carlitos always stood out for his delivery and his desire. But with the ball, Thiago is better.”
Where would he fit at United?
For a combination of price, talent, and need, Almada might be the perfect signing for Manchester United.
He is clearly talented and has a big future ahead of him, with a move to Europe beckoning.
If he goes well for him, he has a strong chance of making the 2022 World Cup. Almada would serve to deputise for Bruno Fernandes, and there may be no better player for him to learn from.
He would push Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira closer to the exit, and mitigate disappointment felt by Angel Gomes’ possible departure.
South American players have had mixed success at United, but Almada seems worth taking a chance on.
Solskjaer should give former teammate Heinze a call. Perhaps he already has.
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