Manchester United reportedly keen on Portugal star Otavio

Last week with Portugal’s World Cup play-off on the line, all eyes were on Cristiano Ronaldo or Bruno Fernandes to step up. Instead a more low-profile attacker broke the deadlock, Porto winger Otavio.

It should not necessarily be a surprise to see the 27-year-old linked with a move to Manchester United days later.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola report Manchester United have checked Otavio on their ever-growing list of potential transfer targets for next season.

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Otavio factfile

1) Porto signed Otavio from Brazilian side Internacional in 2014 and he has risen through the ranks since to establish himself as a regular.

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2) Otavio represented Brazil at under-20 level, before switching his allegiance to Portugal last season, where he has two caps in three games.

3) Otavio has enjoyed a strong season for Porto, providing 11 assists and scoring five goals so far. This is a career-best assist tally, higher than the nine he provided two years ago and eight last season.

4) Porto have Otavio tied to a long-term deal, with the winger signing a contract last March which runs until June 2025.

5) Otavio’s ex managers include Brazil legend Dunga, along with former Wolves and Tottenham boss Nuno Santo.

How much Otavio would cost

Otavio has a £50 million release clause in his contract, The Mail report. This is an affordable figure for United.

Transfermarkt list his actual value as a lot less, pricing him at £22.5 million.

How Otavio fits in

United are reported to be looking at adding a winger, with Ajax’s Antony linked by The Telegraph, and Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby also a target, claim Sport1.

With Mason Greenwood no longer an option, United need a right-sided winger. Facundo Pellistri and Amad are prospects but it is unclear if they are ready to contribute next season.

Otavio, 27, would be the ideal stop-gap without hampering either of their chances long-term.

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What they say

Speaking after Otavio’s international debut, Portugal boss Fernando Santos told Mais Futebol: “Otávio was part of the group of players who were on the field who, in my opinion, for 30 minutes, was very good. Very good.”

“He has been training well, if we called him up, it’s because we think he has quality.”

Portuguese journalist Nuno Encarnação told Record last year: “He is unique and different from all that Fernando Santos has at his disposal.”

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