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Porto has set a price for Manchester United to sign Evanilson after their initial £51.5 million deal was turned down

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Porto has set a price for Manchester United to sign Evanilson after their initial £51.5 million deal was turned down

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According to sources, Manchester United has chosen Porto striker Evanilson as their top striker target this summer, but will need to raise their opening offer.

Erik ten Hag wants to bring in a new number nine, as the club is short on striker alternatives following the departure of Edinson Cavani, and Anthony Martial – who was loaned out to Sevilla last January – is not expected to be part of the new manager’s plans.

United had been connected with Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez for some time, but both players chose to join Manchester City and Liverpool, respectively.

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United has now shifted their focus to Brazilian striker Evanilson, according to Portuguese publication Record, and has already had an opening proposal rejected.

United made an offer of €60 million (£51.5 million) plus bonuses for the 22-year-old, but Porto turned it down, believing he is worth much more.

Nunez departed Benfica for £65 million up front, with the deal possibly rising to £85 million if various bonuses and add-ons are met, and Porto believe that this is a good precedent for Evanilson’s price tag.

That means an initial offer of €70 million (£60 million) would be enough to persuade Porto to sell, therefore United will need to increase their original offer by £8.5 million to acquire their man.

The transaction is being pushed forward by super-agent Jorge Mendes, who famously represents Cristiano Ronaldo and made the initial offer on behalf of Manchester United.

However, there is one major stumbling block to a deal: Porto is only willing to let one more of their players leave the club this summer.

Only one of Vitinha – who was connected with United but is now in the crosshairs of Paris Saint-Germain – and Evanilson will be allowed to depart after Luis Diaz left in January and Fabio Vieira is likely to join Arsenal.

PSG is expected to meet Vitinha’s €40 million (£34 million) release clause and have already agreed personal terms, but if that deal falls through, Porto will allow United to sign Evanilson for £60 million.

If Vitinha does join PSG, though, Porto would not allow him to leave unless a massive offer is made that is simply too good to refuse – with O Jogo speculating that the fee might be in the region of €100 million (£86 million).

Evanilson was not as prolific as Nunez in the Portuguese league last season, but he still managed 14 goals in 30 appearances, averaging a goal every 113 minutes, despite failing to score in his four Champions League appearances.

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