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Manchester United sent scouts to Benfica Champions League clash

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Even though the summer transfer window is closed there is still plenty going on behind the scenes with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United embarking on scouting missions across Europe to spot the next big thing.

Usually, this sort of thing goes unnoticed but it just so happens that a picture has been leaked of the list of scouts present to watch Benfica's Champions League showdown against Zenit St. Petersburg last evening at the Estadio de Luz.

Scouts

The image above, provided by Tom Kundert (@Portu_goal) shows representatives from both Manchester United and Manchester City were at the game to watch the two teams in action along with a host of the biggest clubs from all over Europe.

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Barcelona had scouts at the game, as did Tottenham, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan - but who were they there to watch? Overall representatives of 24 clubs were at the game, although a handful are Portuguese sides there to run the rule over Benfica ahead of upcoming fixtures.

Surprise

There are a few surprise names on there too; Southampton and QPR sent scouts, while Bronby also had a set of eyes at the game.

It is commonplace to see scouts from teams like Manchester United and Manchester City at games of this stature, but there is still plenty of speculation about who they could be watching.

Anderson Talisca is one name that has been linked with a move to the Premier League of late by reports in the Portuguese press. He played up front for Benfica, but failed to get on the scoresheet as his side went down 2-0 to their Russian rivals.

Axel Witsel is another name to be linked with a switch to England, although it would take a sizeable bid to prise him away from Andre Villas-Boas' side now. Manchester United were heavily linked with Ezequiel Garay but he joined Zenit instead of the Red Devils.

Cash

Regardless of who they were watching, Manchester United are expected to carry on their big-spending in the January transfer window having splashed £150 million over the summer. They're said to be targeting Kevin Strootman of Roma, and have also been linked with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City meanwhile had a much more low-key window, although they did splash more than £30 million on defender Eliaquim Mangala.

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