23 Feb 2022 | 06:09 | Football
Ronaldo and his teammates practice before the great battle with Atletico
Midfielder interception is the position that makes BLD Man Utd headache in recent seasons. The fact that Nemanja Matic has passed his prime leaves the Red Devils with no quality choice for the role. The Old Trafford team was forced to “patch”, by pulling Fred, Scott McTominay or Paul Pogba … to take on this task.
Therefore, recruiting a high-class defensive midfielder is an urgent issue for Man Utd in the next summer transfer window. Declan Rice is considered the number one target. However, West Ham valued the British star at more than £100 million, making the Red Devils falter. Moreover, Chelsea is the team that holds the advantage in this deal.
Recently, Mirror, citing sources from Jornal de Noticias, said that the Old Trafford team sent scouts to watch Sporting Lisbon’s Joao Palhinha play. The 26-year-old midfielder has been a target of Man Utd for a long time, and it seems that the Red Devils will go all out to recruit Palhinha.
The star born in 1995 has a close relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot because they are teammates in the Portuguese national team. Reports say Ronaldo even messaged Palhinha privately to promote the deal . Obviously, when CR7 comes out, Man Utd will face a great opportunity to own a star on the payroll of Sporting Lisbon.
Palhinha has a strong play style, rich in dedication. Besides the defensive midfielder position, the player born in 1995 can also play well in the central defender position when needed.