Manchester United eyeing Evanilson swoop

Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a summer swoop to sign Brazilian striker Evanilson from FC Porto.

According to an exclusive by Jornal de Noticias,  Manchester United are keen on a summer deal for FC Porto striker Evanilson in the upcoming transfer window.

Manchester United and their struggles this season

The Red Devils ended their 2023/24 season in eighth spot in the Premier League. Unless they can secure the FA Cup later this season, Erik ten Hag and Co look likely to miss out on European football for the upcoming campaign.

Manchester United struggled to score goals this season, ending their league campaign with a -1 goal difference. While Rasmus Hojlund certainly has the potential, the lack of a reliable goal-getter who can score week in, and week out shows. The exit of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford’s poor run of form add more credence to the summer’s priority.

One player on their radar is Evanilson. The 24-year-old has 24 goals and six assists in 41 appearances for FC Porto across all competitions this season. While he does lag behind Viktor Gyokeres in the race for the Liga Portugal Golden Boot, the potential remains open to interpretation.

Evanilson to join Manchester United?

Evanilson will not come cheap either. His current deal at the Estadio do Dragao runs until 2027 and has a release clause of £85.6 million. Landing him will represent a significant amount of investment from the Red Devils.

The Brazilian is a solid dribbler who excels both in passing and finishing. Add to it his ability to hold the ball up, and Manchester United could be landing themselves a proper number nine who can lead the line. Whether they will need to fork out the release clause or a cheaper agreement can be reached remains to be seen.

Hojlund alone cannot be expected to shoulder the goalscoring responsibility next season. Landing Evanilson will certainly help take the weight off the Dane’s shoulders. It will be interesting to see if Manchester United can beat the competition to the Brazilian attacker’s signature in the summer transfer window. However, other candidates also remain on United’s agenda heading into the summer transfer window.

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