It looks like Manchester United have snapped up ‘the next Angel Di Maria’ – let’s just hope he lasts a little longer at the club than the actual Di Maria, eh?
According to Portuguese sports newspaper Record, Jose Mourinho’s side have signed 16-year-old Umaro Embalo from Benfica, beating the mighty Real Madrid to the much-coveted youngster.
The Red Devils have reportedly been interested in Embalo for quite some time, having tabled an offer of around £5million for him during the summer transfer window.
Madrid have also been keeping close tabs on the highly-rated teen for the best part of a year, but it appears the La Liga giants have lost out in the transfer race to United.
Embalo – who’s taken on United twice in this season’s UEFA Youth League – has scored five times in just 12 games for Benfica’s youth team this term.
Much like former United flop Di Maria, Embalo is left-footed and primarily plays on the right wing, cutting inside and tormenting defences.
The youngster has only been in Portugal since 2014, having impressed Benfica’s scouts while playing at a holiday camp arranged by the club for Guinean youngsters.
His performances were so impressive that he instantly snared a spot at lowly AD Oeiras, where he spent a season before joining Benfica.
Embalo has also impressed at international level, netting 15 times in just 18 games for Portugal’s Under-17s.
Next Di Maria?
We’ll wait and see.