Manchester United may have to consider alternatives to Benfica star Ruben Dias after this latest development.
The Portuguese was believed to be amongst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s top targets but a transfer was always going to be difficult due to his side’s reluctance to negotiate.
However, after the latest news surfaced, it seems near impossible to sign the centre-back, dealing the Norwegian a significant blow.
Now Dias may have to be chucked in with the rest and the United legend will have to turn his attentions elsewhere.
According to the Mirror, A Bola report that Benfica are currently negotiating with Ruben to not only extend his contract but to also increase his release clause from €60m to €100m.
The Red Devils have it within their budget to sign the youngster but given how many other transfers they still want to make, they can’t afford to spend such a large sum on just one player.
Had Ole’s squad been complete and he only needed to invest in one or two stars, a move for Dias would’ve been more plausible.
Unfortunately Manchester United are in the midst of a squad overhaul and will now have to look at other, potentially worse, alternatives.