Manchester United's 'new Ronaldo' target available for £5m

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Manchester United target Carlos Mane looks to have a very affordable release clause in his contract, reports suggest.

According to The Daily Star, the Sporting Lisbon winger's current clause is worth just £5 million - a fairly measly number that you would have thought the Red Devils would be well capable of matching should they so wish.

Manchester United - whose turgid 2013/14 season under David Moyes appears as if it could have finally turned a corner following rousing victories over Olympiacos and West Ham - have been linked with the player - dubbed 'the new Cristiano Ronaldo' in some quarters of the press - for a little while now.

However, while previous reports suggested that Sporting could demand a whopping £20 million for his services, it now appears that he could be available for far less than that.

With Manchester United expected to invest heavily in revitalising an ailing squad that have abjectly failed to mount even a slightly credible defence of their 20th Premier League title this summer, surely such a release clause would be well within their reach.

20-year-old Mane - who has been with the Primeira Liga outfit since 2001 - has quickly developed a rather exciting reputation since breaking into the first-team setup at Estádio José Alvalade.

Blessed with pace and trickery in abundance, Mane has made 12 appearances for Leonardo Jardim's title-chasers this season.

Obviously boasting huge potential, if Mane were to join Manchester United, supporters would surely be hoping that he is able to emulate Ronaldo and not go the same way as Nani - another player the Red Devils prised away from Sporting.

While Nani has certainly shown several glimpses of quality since moving to Old Trafford in 2007, he has slowly become a source from great frustration for fans who evidently believe that he has not come close to fulfilling his sizeable potential.

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