Manchester United eye move for Sporting Lisbon defender

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Manchester United are keen on signing Sporting Lisbon defender Mauricio, according to the Daily Mirror.

Mauricio, who joined Sporting in the summer from Sport Recife in Brazil, is said to be attracting interest from Manchester United after a string of impressive performances for the Portuguese club.

Manchester United scouts were recently sent to watch the 25-year-old, in Sporting’s 4-3 Portuguese Cup defeat against Benfica last Saturday.

Manchester United manager David Moyes is said to be keen on signing a central defender next summer, as Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic’s contracts expire at the end of the season.

Both Ferdinand and Vidic are expected to stay on at Old Trafford, however they are no longer able to play week-in, week-out due to their respective injury niggles.

Manchester United have a good chance of convincing Sporting Lisbon into selling Mauricio, as the two clubs have had an outstanding relationship since the Red Devils signed Cristiano Ronaldo from the Portuguese outfit back in 2003.

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