Manchester United scaled back their efforts to sign Porto striker Evanilson after the player suffered a serious injury.
Over the summer, the 20-time English champions were mentioned among potential suitors for Evanilson.
It was widely speculated that United put in a bid of €60m + €5m in bonuses for the player, which Porto flatly rejected.
A determined United were preparing a higher offer, according to SportWitness.
Correio da Manhã via SportWitness says, “With the striker having a knee injury which left him sidelined, that cooled down the chase from the clubs who wanted him.”
“Porto turned down a €60m offer for him in the summer, and that news talked about Manchester United preparing to but €70m on the table.”
“All interested clubs seem to have backed off from their interest, and Porto are now afraid that this injury will even stop a big move next summer.”
If true, United are unlikely to revisit a deal for Evanilson.
The need for a world-class striker at Old Trafford remains, although Erik ten Hag now has his eyes trained on other targets.
The names on the club’s transfer wishlist include Harry Kane, Victor Osimhen and Benjamin Sesko.
All these three strikers are better than Evanilson and would provide an instant upgrade on Anthony Martial and Wout Weghorst.
Kane is keen to sign a new contract with Tottenham as he approaches the last year of his deal at the North London club. He is also said to be open to an Old Trafford switch.
United understand that an operation for Osimhen is not easy and the Nigerian would command a mammoth fee. There is also competition from Real Madrid for his services.
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