Manchester United 'eye Benfica defensive midfielder Florentino Luis'

Manchester United ‘eyeing up move for Benfica star Florentino Luis’… and Portuguese youngster is nicknamed ‘the Octopus’ for the way he dominates midfield!

  • Manchester United met up with Benfica’s Florentino Luis’ agent in January
  • The 20-year-old midfielder has many suitors including Italian giants AC Milan
  • Injuries have curtailed his season in large parts, just making 10 appearances 

Manchester United are looking at strengthening their midfield next season and have identified Benfica’s Florentino Luis as one option to do that.

According to ESPN, the Red Devils have identified the defensive midfielder as someone who could aid Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

The 20-year-old’s agent, Bruno Carvalho Santos, met with club officials in January and has been dealing with enquiries since.

Benfica’s defensive midfielder Florentino Luis is wanted by Manchester United, claim reports

Nicknamed ‘the Octopus’ for his ability to cover the ground and win the ball in midfield, Luis has a number of reported European suitors including AC Milan, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Betis. United’s rivals Leeds are also reported to have shown an interest in him.

Luis has a contract until 2024 but it is claimed Benfica are open to letting him leave on loan with the view of making that permanent.

Speaking about his client, Santos told ESPN: ‘Florentino is one of the highest rated young defensive midfielders in Europe, so there is a lot of interest in him at the moment.

‘There has been a lot of talk about Milan, but I can tell you that there is a lot of competition for his services, with clubs in England, Germany and Spain also following him closely.’

Luis enjoyed a breakthrough season at Benfica in 2018-19 but has played a lesser role for the Portuguese giants this campaign. He has made just 10 appearances due to primarily injuries and the inclusion of Julian Weigl who joined from Borussia Dortmund in the January window.

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