Manchester United join 24m race for Benfica hot shot Oliveira
05:30 GMT, 18 September 2012
Manchester United are the latest club to declare an interest in Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira.
Chelsea and Manchester City have made
repeated checks on the 21-year-old, who has scored two goals in four La Liga games since joining Deportivo la
Coruna on a season-long loan.
Hot shot: Nelson Oliveira
And now Oliveira is on the radar of United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, according to reports in Spain.
Chelsea have been tracking Oliveira since he impressed as a substitute for Oscar Cardozo at Stamford
Bridge in the Champions' League last April, while City have begun
monitoring his form after a clear signal Benfica may have to cash in on
him at the end of the season.
Barcelona are also keen admirers, while Real Madrid are aware of a likely scramble to sign him next summer, with Jose Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes representing him.
Eye-catching: Oliveira impressed against Chelsea
At 6ft 1in, Oliveira has been likened in
Portugal to a taller version of City striker Sergio Aguero, for his
mobility and link-up play as well as clinical finishing.
A surprise selection for this summer’s European Championships, after being voted second-best player at the under-20 World Cup 12 months earlier, he made four substitute appearances and followed up with his first senior international goal, in a 2-0 win over Panama.
Oliveira is currently on a season-long loan at Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna. His Benfica deal runs until 2017 and contains a 24million buy-out clause.
Prospect: Oliveira played for Portugal at Euro 2012