World Cup players to watch: Gonçalo Ramos
Manchester United will step up pursuit of signing a striker after Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit was confirmed earlier this week.
The Mail report all options are on the table, including a short-term loan move, to paying big for a top target if one becomes available.
Among the various names in the mix will be Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos, who is set to feature as part of Portugal’s World Cup squad.
Manchester United linked to Goncalo Ramos
The report claimed his price tag was £25 million – but realistically Benfica are more likely to demand double that, and he has a release clause of £100 million.
Ramos has shone since Darwin Nunez left Benfica in the summer, stepping up as the team’s lead striker.
This season he has struck nine goals in 11 league for Benfica plus one goal in the Champions League.
Portugal’s back-up for Cristiano Ronaldo
Ramos has recently earned a call-up into Portugal’s international side, he had previously scored 14 goals in 18 games for the under-21s.
He made his senior debut for Portugal in their friendly against Nigeria last week, and scored. He is primed to step up at the World Cup if given a chance.
The 21-year-old can really elevate his case for Manchester United to sign him if he can make the most of his minutes from the bench and even overshadow Cristiano Ronaldo at the tournament.
Ramos understands what a modern striker needs to do
With many questioning whether Ronaldo ever fitted Erik ten Hag’s style of play, Goncalo Ramos is more likely to fit what the Dutchman wants.
In an interview with Mais Futebol, Ramos said: “People thought that a striker is only there to score goals and the rest doesn’t matter, but I think that over the last few years that image is disappearing a little bit.
“It is increasingly important for a striker to be more in the game and contribute more to the team, to connect the game, to put pressure on.”
Still only 21, Ramos is a very intriguing option for United, whether he gets chances at the World Cup or not. He is a more likely option for the summer than in January, but it will probably be cheaper to move in the upcoming transfer window. If he keeps on scoring at his current rate for Benfica, they will be tempted to further hike up his price.