Manchester United beat Real Madrid to signing of Benfica youngster Umaro Embalo – report

by Harry Robinson

Manchester United have reportedly completed the signing of 16-year-old Benfica forward Umaro Embalo.

Scouts have been watching Embalo for over a year, and both Chief Scout Javier Ribalta and academy man John Murtagh watched on as he came on as a substitute for Benfica in the UEFA Youth League against Man United last month.

The Portugal under-17 international has previously been linked to Real Madrid, but Portuguese outlet Record suggests a move to United has been completed.

It will be quite a coup if the reports are true, to take a player of Embalo’s talent off Benfica at this early age.

Embalo is a quick, direct and skilful forward. Like many players of his age, he plays right across the front line, though most frequently and comfortably on the right-wing.

He’s scored 15 goals in 18 games for Portugal’s under-17 side, the highest age group he’s represented his country at. He was named top goalscorer (with six goals) at the Montaigu Tournament earlier this year, playing for Portugal.

He was also Player of the Tournament at the 2016 Marveld Tournament, a prestigious club youth competition that United have played in. He’s scored once and assisted once in the UEFA Youth League this season, in three appearances off the substitutes bench.

Reports in the summer suggested Benfica had rejected bids for Embalo of around £6m. United likely will have paid a high price for Embalo.

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