Paulo Oliveira keen on Manchester United move

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Sporting Lisbon defender Paulo Oliveira is keen on a move to Manchester United

The 23-year-old, who moved to the Estádio José Alvalade from Vitória de Guimarães in 2014, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford after Louis van Gaal reportedly sent scouts to watch him in action.

The Red Devils have been keen to bolster their defence following their failed pursuit of Sergio Ramos in the summer, and Oliveira has been earmarked as a potential arrival.


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When asked about interest from Louis van Gaal's side, the central defender told Romanian television network Antena 1, as per the Mirror: "It’s a good sign, I do not know about the facts but above all, it’s good to know that your work is being assessed.

"I have to continue to work harder and not fall asleep."

Oliveira, who made his international debut for Portugal against Cape Verde in March, has gone from strength-to-strength since moving to Lisbon and has been ever-present for the Lions. 


The injury to Luke Shaw has left United thin on the ground across the backline, Matteo Darmian is expected to occupy the role against Everton and Marcos Rojo will likely take up the role when he returns to action.

However, the move to full-back for Rojo leaves the Red Devils with Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Phil Jones and Patrick McNair as their only options at centre-back.

Having seemingly lost out on Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte to Barcelona, the Old Trafford club will be reviewing their options. Oliveira would certainly come cheaper than the £35 million fee reported for the signature of the French defender.

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