Manchester United’s scouts are closely monitoring the progress of Portuguese starlet Goncalo Guedes, according to reports.
Club officials were in attendance for Benfica’s 4-0 win over Feirense on Sunday to watch the 19-year-old striker, whilst also keeping tabs on highly rated left back Alex Grimaldo.
Guedes joined Benfica’s youth system at the age of 9, and has gone on to establish himself as one of the brightest young talents in Portuguese football.
Man United scouts, among officials from other clubs like Juventus, Middlesbrough, Osasuna and Valencia, were in Lisbon to inspect the highly rated youngster.
Guedes features primarily as a winger, running at defenders with a frightening mixture of speed, flair and power, displaying an ability to beat defenders in a number of ways. And yes, he has been labelled as the ‘next Ronaldo’. But then again, who hasn’t?
More recently, however, the youngster has been deployed more centrally, playing up front with Kostas Mitroglou in a Benfica side yet to lose a league game this season.
Portuguese clubs have an aptitude for willingly letting young talents make big money moves to larger European clubs. A recent example can be found in the form of Renato Sanches – the 18-year-old who made an €80 million move to Bayern Munich over the summer. Cristiano Ronaldo, as we all know, was another young, relatively unknown Portuguese gem that Sir Alex Ferguson managed to prise away from Sporting Lisbon.
Guedes, therefore, could follow a similar pattern. He is Benfica’s golden child, and history dictates that a big money move lingers on the horizon.