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Manchester United linked with £250 million splurge on trio of Portuguese starlets

Manchester United are plotting a £250m summer splurge for three of Portugal’s finest young talents.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been identifying ways to strengthen his squad at Old Trafford, with the increasing likelihood the Norwegian will be appointed as permanent manager of the club.

The 46-year-old has targeted a trio of Portugal’s rising stars, with Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes, 24, and Benfica duo Joao Felix, 19, and Ruben Dias, 21, on his summer wish list.

The Mirror are reporting United will face competition from a host of Europe’s top clubs, with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus and Barcelona are all tracking the progress of the talented trio.

The cost of securing all three is likely to be in the region of a staggering £250m, with each player valued highly by their clubs with contracts containing premium release clauses.

Midfielder Fernandes, who spent the earlier part of his career in Italy, has earned 11 caps for the Portuguese national side and has a buy-out clause of £95 million.

19-year-old forward Felix has emerged as one of the continent’s finest young talents, with Benfica inserting a £105m release clause in the teenager’s contract whilst teammate Dias would cost in the region of £50m.

Such outlay on all three would appear unlikely, though Solskjaer is finalising his recruitment plans as he prepares to be appointed on a full-time basis.

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