According to Calciomercato, Manchester United are considering a move for Marcos Leonardo, a striker for Santos.
Rasmus Hojlund, a player for Atalanta, is close to joining the Red Devils. The Danish international will get a first payment of €75 million from the club.
Despite the massive outlay, the team continues to look for a new center forward. Calciomercato.According to the rumor mill, United is among the clubs showing interest in Leonardo.
The 20-year-old had an outstanding tournament for Brazil at the Under-20 World Cup, when he scored five goals and provided one assist in five games. Santos is willing to part with him for €15 million.
United and Nottingham Forest both want to lure him to the Premier League, but Roma is the clear frontrunner right now.
Once Hojlund adjusts to life in the Premier League, he will replace Erik ten Hag as United’s starting striker.
Even though Ten Hag has Anthony Martial available as a backup, the Frenchman is no longer reliable due to his history of injuries.
As a result, the coach may look for a promising young forward to add to the roster. Leonardo is remarkably mature for his young age, making him a worthwhile addition.
As a Santos player, the teenager has played 149 games, scoring 47 goals and adding 11 assists. He has scored 14 times and assisted on four others in 30 games so far this season.
United might be missing out on a promising long-term asset because Roma is further along in the transfer negotiation process.
Sport on Sky Angelo Mangiante of Italy has said that the Giallorossi are now finalizing plans for Leonardo. United may have to “highjack” the transaction unexpectedly.