Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has already made contact with Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira over a future move for goalkeeper Mile Svilar. The Belgium youth international impressed the Portuguese during Benfica’s doubleheader against the Red Devils in the Champions League.
Portuguese outlet Correio da Manha claims that Mourinho has been impressed by the 18-year-old’s performances this term, and he has already communicated with Vieira in order to ‘book his interest’.
The report goes on to suggest that the shot-stopper could soon make his way to Old Trafford with Mourinho having a good track record of pursuing players from the Portuguese champions.
Mourinho has pursued the likes of Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao, Nemanja Matic and David Luiz during his time with Real Madrid and Chelsea, and he has followed it up this term with the recruitment of Victor Lindelof.
Svilar was at fault for Benfica’s 1-0 home defeat to United but he was unlucky to concede an own goal in the reverse fixture which Mourinho’s men won by a 2-0 scoreline. Svilar, who has replaced Ederson in the Benfica ranks, saved a penalty off Anthony Martial during the game.
Manchester United’s first-choice shot-stopper David de Gea is currently contracted until the summer of 2019, and Mourinho could be looking into a future replacement for the Spaniard, who continues to be linked with Real Madrid.