United Join Race For Porto Sensation

Football Soccer - Club Brugge v FC Porto - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group G - Jan Breydel stadium, Bruges, Belgium - 18/10/16. FC Porto's Andre Silva in action with Club Brugge's Claudemir. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir - RTX2PEJW

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Manchester United have identified Porto striker Andre Silva as a long-term replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to reports.

Silva’s rise to fame has been as rapid as it has been incredible. He has attracted heavy interest from Europe’s elite clubs, with Manchester City, Barcelona, and Real Madrid prepared to battle it out for the youngster’s signature.

According to Daily Record, Manchester United are now said to have also joined the race for the forward, and see him as a potential long-term replacement for Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

After a magnificent start to life at Old Trafford, with four goals in his first four appearances, Ibrahimovic has gone off the boil a bit, and has found the net just three times in his last twelve games for the club.

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Silva, on the other hand, has been scoring almost at will this season. The centre-forward has now played all of Porto’s 17 fixtures this season, and has already found the net on 10 occasions – including three goals in the UEFA Champions League.

The mercurial forward also has a phenomenal tally for his country’s youth teams, with a record of 28 goals in 37 matches for Portugal’s U19, U20 and U21 sides.

For the senior side, the 21-year-old has scored four goals in five games – three of which came against Faroe Islands in a World Cup qualifier, making him the youngest hat-trick hero in the country’s history.

United have struggled for goals this term, with Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney struggling to find their best form, and Marcus Rashford being shoved on to the wings by Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils are in need of a potent forward up front, and see Silva as the ideal signing to fill that role on a long-term basis.


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