When we see Manchester United being linked to a young Portuguese star, we normally think of the great difficulty of signing them because of the huge release clauses that local clubs use.

But although most readers have been thinking this about Gedson Fernandes, the midfielder is actually living a situation at Benfica that would make a transfer a little easier.

The 20-year-old hasn’t been getting many minutes at the club, and things could get even worse for him now, since Benfica have just signed Julian Weigl from Borussia Dortmund.

So when writing about Gedson Fernandes this week, newspaper A Bola says the Eagles are keen on negotiating for him, and would rather sell him permanently than letting him go on a loan deal.

Embed from Getty Images

Even though Gedson is protected by a release clause of €120m, A Bola says Benfica would use his sale to ‘recover a good part’ of the over €20m spent on Weigl.

Another reason for Gedson to go easily is the possible arrival of Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimarães, who’s been followed by the Portuguese side lately. He’d be one more player to compete for a place in midfield.

The newspaper names Manchester United, Lyon and Milan as the clubs who have been linked to Gedson Fernandes lately, but doesn’t seem to have any information about ongoing negotiations.