Manchester United are being linked with a move for Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes, report Sky Sports.

Sky claim the midfielder’s representatives are in the UK to hold talks over a possible switch.

So who is the possible United signing? Here is a look at five facts about the player…

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  1. Gedson is an attacking midfielder who can play both as a right winger or in a central role. He has made only two league starts for Benfica this season, after missing the start due to a metatarsal fracture, but he has recently fallen out of favour.
  2. He turns 21 on January 9 and so far has two senior caps for Portugal at international level. Gedson previously had five appearances for the under-21s.
  3. Gedson has 58 appearances for Benfica in his career so far, scoring three goals. He has seven assists in these games.
  4. His contract at Benfica has a staggering £102 million release clause, but Sky report his agents want to land him a loan move away with a £34 million option to buy. GFFN report Lyon are keen on a move.
  5. Gedson wears the unusual squad number ’83’ at Benfica. That would be a first if he did the same at Old Trafford.
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This one feels as though there is more going on at Gedson’s end to try and force a move than United showing interest.

And when a player is permitted to leave in such circumstances, there is sometimes a red flag.

The worry about Gedson is his lack of regular football this season and experience, and whether he is ready for a move to Old Trafford at this stage in his career.

A try before you buy loan move might be a low risk option providing the £34 million fee is only an option rather than compulsory.

United need more depth out wide and Gedson is a very talented youngster who might be worth taking a gamble on.

But that is what it is at this stage, a gamble. It would be better to see United sign a more proven attacker to help out a young and inconsistent attack.

Having another player who blows hot and cold and is still a work in development might not be the answer.

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