Manchester United in serious talk over signing of the next Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester United will lock horns with local rivals Manchester City in a bid to land Benfica star Joao Felix this summer.

United and City were joined by Premier League rivals Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea in checking out Felix who has come through the ranks at Benfica.

The 19-year-old has been dubbed the most exciting talent in Portuguese football since Cristiano Ronaldo and enhanced his burgeoning reputation in midweek with a hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Europa League quarter-final first leg.

But it is thought that they will allow the playmaker to leave if anyone offers them near their valuation when the transfer window opens in the summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to oversee a major overhaul of his first team squad this summer and will focus on strengthening at full-back, centre-half and a creative forward capable of playing on the right wing.

Speaking about the task he faces in rejuvenating his squad in the summer Solskjaer said: ‘I’m under no illusions that this is not going to be plain sailing, it’s going to be hard.

 ‘It’s going to be survival of the fittest or survival of the best. That’s how ruthless we have to be. We need players here who are going to be able to take us forward.

‘That means culture in the dressing room and what we do every single day here to make us challenge again.

‘Liverpool and City are too far ahead at the moment for what we like. We played against a Barcelona team that sets the standard in European football.

‘We’re under no illusion it’s going to be hard work and there will be some tough decisions made by me, Mike [Phelan] and the club.

‘We have a certain standard here. We got a great boost, now it’s more challenging times with the results and performances.’

 

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