After being linked to several first team players from Portuguese clubs this season, it’s time for Manchester United to go after the academy stars as well.

It’s the Lisbon newspaper Record who are making the latest claims, saying the Red Devils and Real Madrid are in a battle for 16-year-old winger Úmaro Embaló.

The outlet claims Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have already shown they will pay €6m for the player, but that was before Real Madrid entered the race and offered €8m.

According to Record, Benfica’s president Luis Filipe Vieira has no intention of selling the youngster now. They think the player can still be useful for the club and will also make much more money if sold in the future.

Record say the interest is making it more difficult for the player to sign his first professional contract at Benfica, since his agent is now playing hard. Embaló, who has caps for Portugal’s U-16 and U-17s, takes the chase ‘with enthusiasm’.

Manchester United and Real Madrid may well be being used for window dressing on this one.