By Pranav Shahaney

2nd Nov, 2022 | 12:43pm

Manchester United keeping tabs but not prioritising move for Santos striker Leonardo - report

Manchester United are keeping tabs but are not prioritising a move for Santos striker Leonardo who is well known by the hierarchy.

According to Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg, he is among those in consideration but not atop the priority list.

The 19-year-old has made a name for himself in Brazil and has been linked with a move to Europe.

Via Twitter, he wrote, “Marcos #Leonardo: The 19 y/o top striker from FC Santos is well known at #MUFC but a transfer of him has no high priority.”

Cost consideration

It is important that a big club like United looks to sign young players and develop them into world beaters for the future.

However, it’s not like their first team does not have any flaws and manager Erik ten Hag would rather want those issues addressed first.

Despite their super deep pockets, the Glazers have a limited transfer budget per season so the club must weigh the pros and cons of this deal.

At 19, he’s certainly one for the future and if he’s costing too much without really strengthening the first team then it does not make sense for the club to pursue this move.

However, if they’re getting him at a bargain and can see him being first team ready in a few years, it makes sense to pursue this move.

We will be keeping a keen eye on any developments and surely there will be other clubs that will look to pursue his services as well.

In other Manchester United news, Erik ten Hag says Facundo Pellistri is still yet to ‘convince’ at Manchester United