Man Utd ‘will come close’ to £69m striker valuation after £43m bid, says club president

Joe Williams
Man Utd transfer target Goncalo Ramos celebrates scoring a goal
Goncalo Ramos has been linked with Manchester United.

Reports claim Benfica president Rui Costa is confident that Man Utd will reach their new asking price for Goncalo Ramos.

The Red Devils are desperate to sign a new striker this summer as they continue their search for Cristiano Ronaldo’s successor, after the 38-year-old left in November following a controversial interview with Piers Morgan.

Wout Weghorst joined in the January transfer window on loan until this summer with the Netherlands international used as a stop-gap until they find a permanent replacement for Ronaldo over the next couple of months.

Harry Kane, who could now be on his way to Bayern Munich, emerged as their priority target only for Man Utd to quickly pull out of any potential deal after finding Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy difficult to deal with.

Other reported possible targets include Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani and Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund.

We put Ramos in our predicted XI for Manchester United’s opening game of the 23/24 season earlier this month.

Benfica’s Ramos is someone they have been linked with since last year and Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha insists that Man Utd are still in the race to sign the striker.

Their president Costa will now accept bids of €80m (£69m) from clubs for Ramos despite previous claims they were holding out for as much as €100m.

Benfica have already turned down a €50m (£43m) bid from an unnamed club this summer and now Costa is confident Man Utd ‘will come close’ to their €80m valuation due to the ‘market’s evolution’.

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There are worries among the Man Utd fanbase that the ongoing takeover situation is impacting their summer transfer plans and football finance analyst Viva Mukherjee insists it bares similarities to Roma’s 2020 takeover.

“I think the investment plan of Sheikh Jassim is very similar to that of the Friedkin Group at Roma but on a larger scale,” Mukherjee told Football Insider.

“The group bought a 86.6 per cent majority equity of AS Roma for £510million in 2020, of which £331million of that was debt amassed by the former owner.

“In a similar sense, the Qatar bid includes paying off the gross debt of £725million at Old Trafford.

“The Friedkin Group needed 95 per cent equity to delist the Italian club from the stock exchange – a stake that Jassim would own at Old Trafford if he successfully won the takeover.

“I believe Jassim will want to do similar and delist United from the stock exchange should he become the new owner.

“His bid for the club is around $6.3billion (£4.95billion), with a large majority of that fee set to be paid to the Glazers and the club’s shareholders.

“It is the opposite to the Ratcliffe bid, where the debt of the club will likely remain and the club could continue to be traded on the stock exchange.”