Manchester United reportedly interested in Portuguese centre-back David Carmo

Manchester United reportedly interested in Portuguese centre-back David Carmo

Man United’s recruitment

Manchester United endured something of a mixed 2020 summer transfer window.

Donny van de Beek was the first name through the door at Old Trafford, and will likely go on to prove a useful asset despite his limited minutes to date.

Alex Telles is certainly an upgrade on United’s previous left-back options, whilst Edinson Cavani is no doubt a better back-up centre-forward than Odion Ighalo, who is set to leave the club in January.

Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo are also extremely talented young prospects, who could develop into major contributors for the Red Devils down the line.

However, despite, in the end, having done some decent business, Man United’s transfer window could easily still be looked upon as a failure.

This comes with the club having not managed to secure a deal for Jadon Sancho, who was known to represent a key target of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United also failed to strengthen at centre-back, an area in which they have been lacking quality for some time.

Manchester United reportedly interested in Portuguese centre-back David Carmo

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 22: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United walks off at half time during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley FC at Old Trafford on January 22, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Man United interested in Carmo

However, it appears as though those in a position of power at Old Trafford are well aware of their need to strengthen at the back.

It was reported last month that signing a central-defender is now viewed as the priority at Man United for the 2021 summer transfer window.

The same report also named RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano as a possible target.

Now, though, another stopper is being linked with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

According to ESPN, David Carmo is attracting interest from the Premier League, with Manchester United one such suitor.

The 21-year-old has limited first-team experience to his name, having notched just 27 appearances for Braga’s senior side thus far.

However, he is a left-footed centre back, an area in which the Red Devils could really do with fresh blood.

The report from ESPN doesn’t mention a potential transfer fee. But, considering Carmo’s age, and the fact that he is contracted to Braga until 2025, the Portuguese is unlikely to be available on the cheap.

It’s also worth noting that any United move for a new defender is expected to hinge on the club’s ability to move at least one of their current crop of centre-backs on.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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