Manchester United are starting to set the pace for transfer fees in the world of football, and the trend is set to continue. The Daily Mirror reports that the English giants are reportedly willing to shell out £51m for the signature of Portuguese striking sensation, Andre Silva. The 21 year old is gradually gaining a reputation as a promising striker, and it is believed that Jose Mourinho has identified his countryman to herald a new era at Old Trafford. The Porto striker has grown in leaps and bounds since breaking into the first team at Estadio do Dragao last season and is already a full Portugal international.
Jose Mourinho is ready to overhaul his squad in January, as he looks to turn United into title contenders come the turn of the year. The Red Devils have flattered to deceive this season, and some players are most likely to be shown the exit door. The likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have not lived up to the standards they set last season, so Andre Silva may be a logical choice to put them on their toes. A host of top European clubs are interested in his signature, but the 20-time English champions look the most likely to stump out the amount FC Porto have quoted for him.
Silva has scored 9 times in 14 appearances for Nuno Espirito’s side this season, and also boasts an impressive four goals in just five international matches. He has been tagged a combination of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo, a worthy accolade for any youngster. He signed a new contract in August, which has a £51m release clause, but Mourinho’s close affiliation with Porto means a deal could be brokered. He has five years left on his current deal.
Andre Silva is a physically imposing striker who combines pace with power and precision. He has the ability of linking up with his teammates and is also an 18 yard box predator. He will be a good signing for United as he has a lot of potential, but the transfer fee may mean a lot of pressure on his young shoulders.