Benfica are reportedly ready to sign Alvaro Fernandez permanently from Manchester United at the end of the season.

Alvaro Fernandez is on loan at Benfica from Manchester United. And the Portuguese heavyweights want to turn the deal into a permanent one in the summer transfer window, according to Record.

Fernandez has done reasonably well for Benfica so far, and he could be a quality long-term acquisition for them. It will be interesting to see if Manchester United are prepared to keep hold of the left-back beyond the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils are lacking in quality and depth in the left-back department themselves, and it will not be a surprise if they decide to bring Fernandez back to the club. Manchester United are also considering a summer move for a left-back.

Luke Shaw has had his fair share of injury problems this season, while Tyrell Malacia has barely had any opportunities. In addition, he has yet to play a game this term due to mysterious issues. Manchester United need to invest in a left-back this summer, and it will be interesting to see if they are prepared to give Fernandez an opportunity to showcase his qualities.

The 21-year-old will be hoping to play regularly at this stage of his career and if Manchester United cannot provide him with the necessary assurances, he might be keen on securing a move away from the English club.

Benfica want to sign Alvaro Fernandez permanently

Benfica could certainly offer him more opportunities, and they could be an attractive destination for him. With the Portuguese giants ready to trigger his purchase clause, a summer move is seemingly a formality.

The Lisbon outfit have a reputation for being a difficult club to negotiate with, and they will not want to pay over the odds for the young defender anyway. Alvaro Fernandez could develop into a key player for Benfica in the coming seasons, and he has the potential to establish himself as a reliable defender in Portugal. Manchester United fans will hope that the Red Devils do not regret their decision to let him leave if he is sold in the coming months.

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