When we see Premier League clubs being linked to players from Portugal for the first time, it normally comes from the local press.

However, there’s something different this time, as comments from the Italian media have been discussing the possibility of Manchester United being interested in Nuno Tavares from Benfica.

The words come from César Boaventura, who’s labelled as a ‘market operator’. He was interviewed by Radio Marte’s Raffaele Auriemma, and talked a little about the 20-year-old.

“Fast player, one of the fastest players in the whole Portuguese league. He’s young. Maybe he’s not a player ready for a big one. But he could be in the future. Within a couple of years. He can become one of the best in Europe,” said Boaventura (via Il Napoli Online).

On potential interest from Manchester United and Napoli, he said: “This player can play in any club in Europe. But right now he can’t. He has to learn and grow. Right now I don’t think United want to take him. Nor that Benfica want to sell him in January.”

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Nuno Tavares was linked to clubs like Liverpool two or three years ago, when he was still part of Benfica’s youth ranks. He’s now getting a few chances for the first team, with 17 appearances so far, but is still seen as an option for Alex Grimaldo.

With Luke Shaw in good form and Alex Telles still adapting to the club, it’s a little hard to believe that Manchester United would sign a new left-back anytime soon. However, like Boaventura says, Tavares would be a player for the future.