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£40m Watford ace targeted by Juventus and Bayern Munich in summer deal

£40m Watford ace targeted by Juventus and Bayern Munich in summer deal

Brazilian being chased by Jose Mourinho as he looks to offload Anthony Martial this summer but United face a battle to win the race for the forward's signature

MANCHESTER UNITED are leading the chase for £40million-rated Watford forward Richarlison.

The Brazilian joined the Hornets last year for £11million on a five-year deal from Fluminese.

Richarlison has been targeted by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

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Richarlison has been targeted by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

And the 20-year-old hit the ground running bagging five goals in his first 12 games to put the Premier League big boys on red alert.


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And should United win the battle for his signature this summer, it looks certain to end Anthony Martial’s time at Old Trafford.

United have run out of patience with the forward who is being chased by Juventus, Bayern Munich and Lyon.

The French international has been frustrated by his lack of game time at Old Trafford and is keen to move on.

Richarlison has made a big impression in his first season in the Premier League with Watford

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Richarlison has made a big impression in his first season in the Premier League with Watford

United are looking to sell Anthony Martial at the end of the season after Jose Mourinho lost patience with the star

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United are looking to sell Anthony Martial at the end of the season after Jose Mourinho lost patience with the star

Jose Mourinho is prepared to listen to offers for Martial as he looks to reshape his squad to challenge Manchester City next season.

Part of his work will be replacing the 22-year-old, and the United boss has identified Richarlison as the man to slot into his squad and understand his position in the Old Trafford pecking order.


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Martial, like Marcus Rashord, has always thought of himself as a central striker being accommodated on the wing.

Watford are desperate to keep Richarlison, who has another four years left to run on his current deal.

His ability to play anywhere along the front line is an attractive prospect for Mourinho, who likes his players to be versatile and adaptable.

United have scouted him at least ten times this season and feel he could be a viable alternative on the flanks, allowing Rashford to operate as second-choice centre-forward behind Romelu Lukaku.

Mourinho believes Richarlison has the ability to play across the front line, including in a wide position

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Mourinho believes Richarlison has the ability to play across the front line, including in a wide position

Another plus is that Richarlison has huge potential and the theory is he will improve while working with a better players around him on a bigger stage.

But United will face a battle to land the Brazilian, with London clubs Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal joining Bayern and Juve in all showing an interest in signing him.

And Paris Saint-Germain have also been monitoring his situation, along with French rivals Monaco.