Manchester United ‘will continue their chase of Evanilson despite Porto rejecting initial £55m bid’ for the Brazilian striker as Erik ten Hag seeks back-up to Cristiano Ronaldo up front
- A new centre forward is a priority for Erik ten Hag as he starts at Old Trafford
- United became reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo to supply their goals in 2021-22
- Reports in Portugal say United have already lodged a £55m bid for Evanilson
- Porto rebuffed the offer, holding out for more money, and United could return
Manchester United ‘will continue their pursuit of Porto striker Evanilson’ despite Porto reportedly rejecting an initial offer of £55million.
The 22-year-old Brazilian, who scored 21 goals for the Portuguese champions last season, is apparently on Erik ten Hag’s wishlist as he rebuilds the squad inherited at Old Trafford.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo report that Porto have already rejected one bid but United intend to return with a fresh offer.
Manchester United reportedly had a £55m offer for Porto striker Evanilson rejected
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo say United could be tempted to return for the Brazilian striker
They add that Porto value the player at closer to £70m, a price that apparently scared off fellow Premier League clubs Wolves and Brighton, who enquired after Evanilson.
Porto would like to keep hold of Evanilson, whose contract runs until 2025, but O Jogo believe an improved offer from United would test their resolve.
New United manager Erik ten Hag has been identifying summer targets
While Ten Hag’s main objective this summer is to sign a central midfielder – with United in negotiations with Barcelona over Frenkie de Jong – a new centre forward would ease the pressure on 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo.
Though Ronaldo scored 24 times in the first season of his second spell at Old Trafford, the departure of Edinson Cavani means there is little back-up for the Portuguese star.
Evanilson has scored 25 goals and supplied five assists in 70 outings for Porto following his transfer from Brazilian club Fluminense in September 2020.
The Fortaleza-born player emerged through the academy ranks at the Rio-based club and quickly attracted admirers in European football.
His goals helped Porto achieve a league and cup double in Portugal last season though they couldn’t advance from their Champions League group and subsequently went out of the Europa League to Lyon in the last-16.
Evanilson, 22, in action for Porto during last month’s Portuguese Cup final win over Tondela
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 24 times during the first season of his second spell at Old Trafford
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