Man Utd ready to pay MEGA £154m to secure major double deal this summer



Posted Saturday, March 02, 2019 by Dailystar.co.uk

Man Utd ready to pay MEGA £154m to secure major double deal this summer
Man Utd transfer news: Reds ready to pay MEGA £154m to secure major double deal (Pic: GETTY)

MANCHESTER UNITED are ready to break the bank and splash £154m on Benfica duo Ruben Dias and Joao Felix.

Manchester United have had one of their quietest seasons in the transfer market for several years.

Brazilian flop Fred has been their only big signing in the last 12 months, arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52m.

But now United bosses are preparing to loosen their purse strings for two highly-rated Portuguese stars.

According to Record, the Red Devils are willing to pay £154m to activate the release clauses of Benfica wonderkids Ruben Dias and Joao Felix.

Dias, 21, and Felix, 19, are two of the hottest prospects in European football.

And heavyweight clubs including Juventus and Arsenal are also reportedly keeping tabs on the pair.

United have been searching for a star centre-back since last summer when Jose Mourinho went public with his desperation at the board’s refusal to sign one.

But Dias could potentially fill that void for at least 10 years.

United and Benfica are understood to be on good terms, with the two most recently doing business when Victor Lindelof moved to Old Trafford in 2017.

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has ruled out selling the duo for any less than their release clauses.

But he admits he can do nothing to ward off potential suitors if they are willing to meet the price written into their contracts.

“I reaffirm that we have no objective to sell our main players who have now arrived from Seixal,” Vieira told Portuguese outlet Record.

“With each passing day, these young talents are more valued and prove the good vision, direction and strategy we had.

“As a first step, the need to overcome financial constraints has led to the need to make and take advantage of some sales opportunities.

“Today, only legal requirements defined by the clauses of sales clauses can lead us to this.”

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