With CIES publishing a study which shows that Antonio Silva is the most valuable player in Portuguese football, the local media is full of stories about the Benfica centre-back.

It’s the kind of information that results in claims about the defender’s future, and Manchester United are once again named as a potential destination for him.

Newspaper O Jogo features a piece where they point out that Silva has been linked to the likes of Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid, as well as the Red Devils.

Still, it’s said to be ‘more likely’ that it’s really Manchester United who’ll ‘take a step ahead’ and try for the signing.

Silva is protected by Benfica by a €100m release clause, and the Eagles’ expectation is to receive offers that get close to that, even if that includes some performance bonuses.

Manchester United are losing Raphael Varane this summer and will surely go for another defender to partner up with Lisandro Martínez. The links with the Portuguese player have been ongoing for a while, and as he prepares to play at the Euros, it should be known that the competition could get tougher.