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Man United have beaten Real Madrid to the signing of ‘the next Angel Di Maria’ 

The Red Devils have snapped up the wonderkid from Benfica

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.

Embalo is considered a hot prospect in Portugal

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Embalo is considered a hot prospect in Portugal

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.


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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.

The youngster has been prolific for Portugal’s Under-17s

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The youngster has been prolific for Portugal’s Under-17s

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.

Di Maria flopped at United

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Di Maria flopped at United

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.