Man Utd joined by Real Madrid in David Carmo transfer race as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes £36m-rated Braga defender

Man Utd joined by Real Madrid in David Carmo transfer race as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes £36m-rated Braga defender

February 17, 2021

MANCHESTER UNITED face a transfer battle with Real Madrid for Braga’s £36m-rated defender David Carmo as the Spanish giants look for a replacement for Sergio Ramos.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have been tracking the 21-year-old star this season, having watched his excellent performances in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were heavily criticised for their performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at strugglers West Brom, with pundits claiming Solskjaer needs reinforcements at centre back.

But now Real are heading to the front of the queue for Carmo, with the La Liga side’s president Florentino Perez friends with his Braga counterpart, Antonio Salvador, according to AS.

Los Blancos’ captain Sergio Ramos is still in a bitter contract dispute with Bernabeu chiefs after 16 years with the club, leading to the club plotting a list of defensive targets.

Ramos is also on United’s wanted list – with any Real move for Carmo potentially paving the way for the Spain skipper to move to Old Trafford.

PSG are also in the hunt for 34-year-old Ramos, having lost an experienced defender with Thiago Silva’s move to Chelsea last summer.

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Carmo currently faces a spell on the sidelines after breaking his leg in last week’s cup semi-final draw with Porto but was tipped to feature in Portugal’s squad for the Euros.

He was reportedly close to a move to Liverpool last month as Jurgen Klopp frantically searched for a deputy for the injured Virgil can Dijk.

According to AS, however, the Anfield side were only ready to offer £17m – well below Braga’s valuation.

United, meanwhile, are ready to jump back in the chase for the left-footed centre back in the summer but will now have to compete with Real Madrid for his signature along with as many as 10 other clubs.

Carmo is contracted to Braga until 2025 and the Portuguese side rejected a £15m from Roma last summer.

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