Silva, who has already accumulated an impressive record of 36 appearances for Benfica, netting three goals in the process, is a rising star in the world of football. His talent has also been recognized on the international stage, with five appearances for the Portuguese national team. According to Transfermarkt.com, Silva’s current market value stands at an impressive €45 million, reflecting his immense potential.
The Red Devils have been on the lookout for a new central defender, albeit prioritizing other positions during the most recent summer transfer window. However, the revelation by renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano over the weekend has shifted their focus, making a defender their top priority signing in 2024. This change has led to the emergence of multiple options for Manchester United.
According to the Portuguese publication Record, it is Antonio Silva who has caught the eye of Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag. Silva, aged just 19, has garnered favorable comparisons to Manchester City’s defensive stalwart, Ruben Dias. Silva’s statistics speak for themselves, with a remarkable 94% pass success rate, complemented by an average of six successful duels, four tackles, and four clearances per appearance this season.
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Naturally, Silva’s exceptional form has attracted the attention of several top clubs, including Real Madrid. However, it is Manchester United who are rumored to be preparing a substantial bid to secure his services.
Yet, prying Silva away from Benfica will prove to be a formidable task. The Portuguese club has safeguarded their prized asset with a €100 million release clause, and they are reportedly seeking to extend his contract, further solidifying their resolve to retain him. Manchester United’s pursuit of Antonio Silva promises to be a captivating transfer saga in the coming year.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.