Manchester United will come close to matching Benfica’s asking price for forward Goncalo Ramos this summer, according to Benfica president Rui Costa, as reported by Correio do Manha.
Manchester United transfer news: Will Goncalo Ramos join the club?
Costa already rejected €50m (£43m) plus €10m (£9m) in add-ons from an unknown club for Ramos, and now wants €80m (£69m) for his star striker this summer, according to Correio do Manha.
The high sum could put Manchester United off any potential transfer, but Benfica’s president feels the Premier League giants and Paris Saint-Germain are well-positioned to pay such a fee.
However, given that Erik ten Hag’s budget is reportedly only £120 million this summer unless he clears off some deadwood, a deal for Ramos does not appear wholly likely at this point. However, there is still time for it to alter this summer.
Nonetheless, the Red Devils appear to be making progress in the transfer market, having struck a £60 million deal with Chelsea for Mason Mount yesterday night.
Would Goncalo Ramos and Mason Mount get along?
Ramos’ goal-scoring ability is such that he could be paired with almost any midfielder in Europe’s top leagues. Mount’s unique qualities, on the other hand, would simply result in additional goals.
Last season, the Benfica attacker scored 27 goals and assisted 12 others in all competitions in an incredible season. Costa’s price tag comes as no surprise given those figures.
With a passer like Mount in the mix, you could potentially have one of the best duos in the Premier League. According to FBref, the Chelsea midfielder averaged 5.36 progressive passes per game last season.
Rafa Silva, Ramos’ Benfica partner, made 5.21 progressive passes per 90 minutes. Even with what appears to be a minor adjustment, the forward could advance to another level.
Mount also tried more long passes than Silva, implying that if Ramos spins in behind, the England international’s passing range would reach him well.
It would be a win-win situation for Mount as well. At Chelsea, he had the likes of Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling to help him, who scored a combined 13 Premier League goals last season, with seven and six respectively, despite their teammate’s aforementioned passing range.
Ramos, on the other hand, scored 19 goals in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season and is anticipated to score 20 this season in what was a clinical season in front of goal. Give Mount a player with the finishing ability of a forward, and his numbers should rise.
“I would like to see Goncalo Ramos as Benzema’s substitute at Real Madrid,” Ramos’ youth coach stated of his player. “In my opinion, he’s the ‘next Benzema’ and he’s perfect for that position.”
Since then, Real Madrid has signed Joselu, giving Manchester United a better chance of landing the Portuguese forward.
It will be a long summer, but if Manchester United achieves its goals, we could see an unstoppable duo bloom at Old Trafford next season.