Goncalo Ramos, a promising center-forward, honed his skills at the renowned Estadio da Luz before earning a promotion to Benfica’s first team in 2020. Since then, he has become a regular presence in the senior squad, starting 30 out of 34 Primeira Liga matches last season.
Despite having three years remaining on his contract, Ramos has caught the attention of Erik Ten Hag, who sees him as an exciting addition to the team’s attacking options. The young Portuguese international emerged as Roger Schmidt’s standout offensive player last season, making him a prime target for Manchester United.
According to reports, the Red Devils are internally discussing the possibility of pursuing Ramos as an alternative to Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane. Positive conversations have fueled their interest in making a bid for the 22-year-old striker.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola, via Sport Witness, reveals that Manchester United is considering making a “concrete offer” for Ramos, putting his current club on high alert. Ten Hag, who has been closely monitoring the player throughout the previous season, admires his qualities and sees him as a potential asset to the team. Benfica, however, is likely to demand a significant fee of €80 million (£68 million) for his transfer, making this a situation to monitor closely in the coming weeks and months at Old Trafford.
The addition of Ramos would bring a prolific threat to the center-forward role, which Ten Hag felt was lacking for the majority of the previous season after a disappointing loan spell by Wout Weghorst. Football talent scout Jacek Kulig has lauded Ramos for his “outrageous” numbers in the final third, showcasing his potential to significantly impact matches. In the last campaign, Ramos contributed to an impressive 26 goals (19 goals and 7 assists) in 30 Liga Portugal appearances. Additionally, he registered a remarkable 98 shots, surpassing his teammates in this regard.
Recognizing his exceptional performances, Ramos received five man-of-the-match awards and was crowned the Striker of the Year for the 2022/23 season. Securing his services this summer would be a massive coup for Manchester United, placing them ahead of their competitors in acquiring his talents.
As the negotiations progress, fans eagerly await the outcome, with anticipation building around the potential arrival of the Nike-sponsored Goncalo Ramos, who could become a key figure in Ten Hag’s plans at Old Trafford.