MANCHESTER UNITED are planning a raid of Portugal's top clubs as they look to invest in young talent before next season.
Temporary manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to prioritise youth over experience if he lands the Old Trafford job full time but United will have to stump up a lot of cash if they want to land their men.
The Norwegian has not been confirmed as boss for next season but has ordered scouting reports on the promising trio regardless, according to the Mirror.
Benfica pair Joao Felix, 19, and Ruben Dias, 21, join Sporting Lisbon captain Bruno Fernandes, 24, on the wanted list.
But United face stiff competition for their signatures from Europe's top clubs including Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid and bitter local rivals Manchester City who are all said to be interested in the internationals.
The Red Devils face a bill of more than £250million if they want to sign the trio which would mean current squad members would have to make way.
Felix has notched 12 goals and six assists from 32 Benfica appearances this season but the 19-year-old has whopping £105million release clause in his contract.
The young forward is yet to feature for Portugal's senior team but has scored four goals in 10 appearances for their under-21s.
His Benfica teammate Dias is valued at £50million, boasts eight international caps and the centre-half has appeared 45 times for his club this campaign.
Sporting's Fernandes is the oldest of the trio and would cost United a staggering £95million if they want to trigger his buy-out clause.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has 24 goals and 14 assists from 43 appearances in the green and white this season and has earned 11 senior international caps in his career so far.
United have history with Portuguese players, namely world superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani who plays for Orlando City.
The pair played for United under sir Alex Ferguson and were both held in very high regard at the club.
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