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Man Utd ‘crazy to take’ €50m star from Champions League club in January

Manchester United are determined to sign Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez when the transfer window reopens, according to Portuguese outlet Record (today’s edition, page 9).

The Red Devils bolstered their midfield with the signings of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen over the summer. The experienced duo are now undisputed starters under manager Erik ten Hag.However, the club need to add more quality to compete for the top four as well as win silverware and a promising young midfielder could be the next target for the Red Devils.

We recently covered an opinion on Benfica’s Fernandez and Record now claim that United are one of the clubs tracking the midfielder. They are ‘crazy to take him’ in January.

Fernandez would be a fantastic acquisition for Man Utd

The Argentine was on United’s radar when he was playing for River Plate earlier this year. Their reluctance to make a formal bid saw Benfica win the race for his signature.

 

Fernandez has since been a revelation for the Portuguese giants. He has four goals and three assists from 22 games with stand-out displays against Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in the Champions League.

The young midfielder has also caught the eye with his defensive contributions. He has won nearly two tackles and one interception per game while completing 90 per cent of his passes.

Fernandez looked at ease handling the pressure against PSG earlier this season and in our view, he has the credentials to develop into a world-class midfielder in years to come.

The big question is whether United are willing to spend big after the huge summer outlay. Fernandez was signed for just €12 million last summer but he is now valued at over €50m.

With competition from the likes of Barcelona and Liverpool, United could miss out on his services if they decide against making a serious move during the winter transfer window.

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Report: Lisandro Martinez has given Argentina boss a selection headache

Lisandro Martinez‘s excellent form for Manchester United has lined the centre-back up for a big World Cup with Argentina.

 

His strong performances in qualifying for his country have also proven his quality, but as reported by South American outlet Bitbol, Martinez has not entirely established himself as first choice.

Manager Lionel Scaloni’s first choice duo are reported to be Tottenham’s Cristian Romero, and Benfica’s Nicolas Otamendi.

Injuries to the pairing provided ample opportunities for Martinez during World Cup qualifying, but when all three are fit, there is a dilemma for Scaloni.

Bitbol report the ‘tremendous’ performances of Lisandro Martinez have given Scaloni a selection headache, albeit a positive one.

 

 

Martinez in pole position
Martinez is in pole position to start for Argentina, with Romero recently suffering an injury which kept him out of Tottenham’s defeat to Liverpool at the weekend.

One of Martinez’s many strengths is his durability. He has started every single match for Manchester United so far this season.

The former Ajax man is a player Argentina can rely on. Injuries meant Scaloni could only select Romero and Otamendi together in a total of nine out of 25 World Cup qualifiers.

During this time Martinez really proved himself, with Argentina going unbeaten through the qualifiers, establishing himself as a regular.

Really the dilemma should be ‘who partners Martinez’, just like at Manchester United. Early in the summer there were questions over how he might fit into the team – now the club’s centre-backs are all competing to partner him in Erik ten Hag’s defence, even the club captain.

It would not be a surprise if Martinez ends up starting every game for his country in Qatar, just like he has for United.

Except tonight, his impressive record might come to an end for the Red Devils, with rotation likely in the first Carabao Cup match of the season.

If the centre-back is given the chance to sit this game out, it will be well deserved, ahead of one last league match before the break this weekend, away at Fulham.

Source: manutdnews.com; www.unitedinfocus.com

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