Manchester United are reportedly looking to hijack AS Roma’s pursuit of Marcos Leonardo.
Former United manager, Jose Mourinho, wants to add a new goal-scorer to his side and reports in Italy this week suggested the Giallorossi are monitoring Brazilian striker Marcos Leonardo.
However, La Gazzetta Dello Sport (press image provided below) are claiming the Premier League giants have joined the race and are ready to submit an offer of 20 million euros plus 5 million in add-ons.
The Red Devils themselves lack multiple goal-scoring options and have overly relied on Marcus Rashford to finish chances over the last 12 months.
The Englishman has struggled in the opening two games, leading to United scoring just one goal; that too a late winner from Raphael Varane against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford.
The first-half performance from the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw against Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday warranted a goal or two but Rashford, Alejandro Garnacho, and Antony all fluffed their chances.
New striker signing Rasmus Hojlund is yet to feature for United as he recovers from a stress fracture of the back. Regardless he’s only 20 and shouldn’t be shouldering the responsibility of being the Old Trafford outfit’s striker all on his own. Moreover, it is understood Ten Hag headed into the summer with hopes of signing two strikers.
In that regard, a move for Leonardo makes perfect sense. The Santos talent is also 20 years old but is mature beyond his years, having already made 151 appearances for the Brazilian club. In that time he has scored 49 goals and assisted 11 times, leaving defenders puzzled with his impeccable movement and decisive finishing.
His current contract with the South American side will expire in December 2026 and has a release clause set at 60 million euros (£51.5m).