Manchester United Now Chasing ‘Brilliant’ World Cup Record-Setter Who Could Solve Their Problems

Goncalo Ramos in Portugal's World Cup quarter final vs Morocco

Manchester United are going to launch an enquiry about the signing of Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos in the January transfer window, claims Rob Dawson of ESPN. The Red Devils are looking to sign a new centre-forward following the mutual termination of Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract which left them with the injury-prone Anthony Martial as the only recognised striker in their senior squad.

Manchester United to Enquire About Goncalo Ramos Signing

United’s Plans With Ramos Explained

Now short of options at number 9, Erik ten Hag ideally wants to sign a new forward in the January window. However, he has been told that it’s not certain that a striker will be signed in this winter due to financial constraints.

The Red Devils are still going to push ahead with at least inquiring about the availability of the Portuguese striker next month. They have been impressed with what they’ve seen from him in the World Cup when the 21-year-old made a huge impact in just two appearances.

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Ramos is one of the many forwards being scouted by United as they hope to sign a new young striker in the near future. The possibility of a marquee January transfer is low, though, because of monetary problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the unexpectedly high expenditure on summer transfers in 2022, not to mention the fact that teams are reluctant to let go of their best players mid-season.

Impressive Rise of Goncalo Ramos

The 21-year-old striker introduced himself to the world football stage in style at the World Cup. He only made his debut for Portugal in their Round of 16 clash against Switzerland after Ronaldo was dropped, but Ramos made a huge impact, scoring a hat-trick and even getting an assist in their huge 6-1 win in the Round of 16.

In doing so, he set the record for being the only player in World Cup history to score a hat-trick on his debut in the knockout stages. He’s only the second player after Germany legend Miroslav Klose to score a hat-trick on his World Cup debut. He’s also enjoyed a prolific season with Benfica, scoring 14 goals in just 21 games.

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Ramos’ heroics at the World Cup earned him major praise from England legend Ian Wright, who hailed his ‘brilliant’ striking qualities. United’s interest in him has increased following his impressive showings over the last few weeks, but it remains to be seen whether they will move for him next month after making this enquiry.