Manchester United have been rebuffed in their attempt to sign Benfica centre back Ruben Dias, according to a report in Portugal
With negotiations still ongoing for Leicester’s Harry Maguire, the Old Trafford giants appear to have turned their attentions elsewhere as the new Premier League season rapidly approaches.
O Jogo report that United’s offer fell short of Dias’ €66m release clause and was subsequently rejected
The Portuguese side will be under no pressure to allow the 22-year-old to leave, having already accumulated €200m in transfer sales this summer.
And according to the same publication, Benfica are currently locked in talks to raise the defender’s release clause to €88m. It is also thought that interest from the English top flight could see Dias’ wages increase substantially.
The latest report suggests that United are growing frustrated with the race to secure England international Maguire, with the Foxes threatening to remain firm on their valuation of £80m.
The two clubs are currently locked in talks over the complexities of the potential switch, with Leicester understood to want more of the world record fee up front over fears United may again miss out on Champions League qualification.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have so far offered £72m for Maguire, with additional payments due based on trophies and finishing in the top four.
But with both Benfica and Leicester holding out for larger sums, United’s chase for a new central defender now threatens to stretch until the very last stages of the transfer window.