MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly scouting £32million-rated Flamengo midfielder Joao Gomes.
The Red Devils are looking to bolster their midfield this summer with a new manager in charge.
And according to Brazilian publication Coluna do Fla, United are watching Rio de Janeiro-born Gomes.
It’s claimed that Manchester United are willing to pay £32m for the 21-year-old midfielder.
It’s also suggested that United ace Andreas Pereira, who is currently on loan at Flamengo, could be used as part of negotiations.
Flamengo have an option to buy Pereira which is expected to be completed soon – but United could offer him for free in exchange for a knocked-down fee for Gomes.
The report goes on to quote Coluna do Fla’s partner YouTube channel.
The channel’s host, Gustavo Henrique, says that the Brazilian club should up their asking price for Gomes to £48m.
He said: “If Flamengo commit to pay for Andreas Pereira and Manchester have their eye on Joao Gomes, it’s correct to say that an exchange of negotiations will take place.
“In my opinion, awful for Flamengo, I would only let Joao Gomes go from Flamengo for at least R$300m (£48m).”
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Defensive midfielder Gomes has played 11 times this season and has even featured at centre-back this term, showcasing his versatility.
However, the Flamengo star isn’t the only option on the Red Devil’s radar.
Man Utd’s midfield shortlist is understood to include Wolves’ Ruben Neves and West Ham’s Declan Rice.
It comes with Paul Pogba’s contract set to expire.