With Manchester United missing out on Jurrien Timber amid the defender’s desire to stay at Ajax this summer, the club must look at alternative plans.
One backup already on the radar is Braga defender David Carmo, according to The MEN, who claimed two rounds of talks had been held with the Portuguese club.
Carmo is one of the names United are considering, but there is a real risk the Red Devils will miss out on him too.
Portuguese outlet Zero Zero report Porto are looking to swoop to sign Carmo to strengthen their defence.
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United could miss out on David Carmo
Porto’s president is claimed to be holding direct talks with Braga’s president in an effort to close out a deal.
The Primeira Liga champions have just netted a large windfall from selling Fabio Vieira to Arsenal, and he is unlikely to be their only major sale this summer.
Carmo has a release clause of 40 million euros, but it is possible Braga would sell for less.
Missing out on Carmo is not the end of the world for United, he was just one of several backup options.
Nonetheless, it would be one less option available, narrowing the pool of defensive options.
The most promising alternative to Timber could be his Ajax teammate Lisandro Martinez, with De Telegraaf reporting on Monday that the Red Devils are ‘preparing an offer’.
Another option would simply be to wait on Timber until January, after the World Cup. Fears of missing the tournament are the defender’s principle reason for backing out out of a potential move to Old Trafford.
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