Manchester United are one of five Premier League clubs to monitor the progress of Porto starlet Andre Silva this season.
Silva, since making his senior debut in 2015, has netted 12 goals in 28 games under Nuno Espírito Santo, who has awarded the youngster with a regular place in the side’s starting XI.
The 21-year-old made history by becoming the youngest ever player to score a hat-trick for Portugal in a 6-0 win over the Faroe Islands last month.
According to reports, representatives from Man United – alongside delegations from Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea – have been sent to watch Silva in action this season.
Portugal has an astonishing record when it comes to exporting young talents to bigger clubs. Renato Sanches, for example, is the latest off the Primera Liga’s illustrious production line. And Silva, despite still being in the nascent stages of his career, has shown signs of genuine menace.
His rapid rise to stardom invites parallels with United’s own wonder-kid – Marcus Rashford: both came into the first-team as a kind of ‘last resort’, with injuries to first team members providing chances that they inevitably grabbed with both hands. This is also a man for the big moments, as shown by his brace in the Taça de Portugal final earlier this year.
United fans will be curious to see whether Mourinho takes a gamble on this promising, Rashford-esque youngster in the future.