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Benfica striker Umaro Embalo’s agent has confirmed holding a meet with the Portuguese club and Manchester United but denied any agreement between the two clubs for the attacker’s move to Old Trafford.
Portuguese publication Record reported earlier that the Red Devils have come to an agreement with Benfica over a deal to bring the Guinea-Bissau-born 16-year-old to England. His style of play has gotten him the nickname the “new Angel Di Maria.”
Javier Ribalta transferred from Juventus to Manchester United in the summer and is the 20-time English champions’ chief scout. It is believed that Ribalta kept tabs on Embalo in action during a 2-2 UEFA Youth League draw between Benfica and the Red Devils.
The young attacker’s agent has rendered those reports untrue after confirming no deal has materialized between United and Benfica. Embalo’s agent stressed that his client is a transfer target for clubs in Germany, England, Spain, France.
“Nothing is done, and the conversation, nobody communicated anything to me, nor to the parents. He has interest from several clubs because he is an asset of Benfica and has gone down this route well,” Embalo’s agent told A Bola, as cited by the Manchester Evening News.
“I can say that all the great clubs in Europe have already asked for information about Umaro, from Germany, England, Spain, France.
“If he’s going to Manchester is something that I don’t know at all, but it’s true that we have already met with Benfica and Manchester, there is no agreement, but there are conversations.”
Embalo can be deployed to any part of the front three, either as a striker or a winger. His exemplary display at the youth level has seen him draw attention from the host of European clubs. According to ESPN, United have been keeping an eye on the teenager’s progress for the last 12 months.