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Benfica can solve Manchester United’s biggest problem with new transfer decision



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A new transfer decision from Benfica is set to help solve Manchester United’s biggest problem this summer should INEOS choose to engage.

Of all the problems that have plagued Manchester United this season, the one statistic that has proved their biggest problem is the fact that Erik ten Hag‘s have conceded an average of over 16 shots per game across all competitions.

The biggest problem this season has been the defence, which has admittedly been plagued with injuries. All defenders have experienced bouts of injury and poor form amid an incredibly unstable time at Old Trafford.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team will sign two new defenders in the summer transfer window. The futures of Raphaël Varane, Victor Lindelöf, Jonny Evans, and Harry Maguire are all uncertain.

With this in mind, Benfica’s latest decision is a first step to helping INEOS patch the problems.

Benfica to the rescue

Manchester United are interested in Benfica centre-back Antonio Silva, having sent scouts to watch the 20-year-old all season long, and the Portugese club are set to continue their trend of selling one star a summer.

UtdDistrict understands that he is on the list of potential centre-back options this summer.

The Portuguese outlet Record claims that the club has decided that Silva will be the star player sold this summer as they believe he will turn a huge profit in the coming window.

Standing at 187cm tall, Silva is a strong, athletic, and bullish central defender who would significantly aid United’s struggling defence and may be the ideal partner for Lisandro Martínez.

However, United are not alone in their interest and will have to contend with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain for Silva this summer.

Although Silva has an £85 million release clause, the club have not yet made it clear if that is the selling price they will demand or if they would entertain offers below this fee.