Man United make proposal to sign Portuguese central midfielder

Manchester United have made contact with an associate of Porto youngster Afonso Sousa, according to reports in Portugal.

Sousa, 18, has been playing with Porto’s B side and a string of impressive performances have seen the midfielder tipped to make the first-team at the Estadio do Dragao.

However, with only a year remaining on his current contract at Porto, Sousa is being linked with a move away and several clubs are understood to be interested in his signature.

O Jogo suggests that the Red Devils have approached Sousa’s former agent, Carlos Goncalves, about a potential switch to Old Trafford.

It’s claimed Barcelona and four other Premier League teams have also made proposals to sign the highly-rated teenager. Porto, though, are desperate to keep hold of Sousa and have scheduled talks over a possible new deal.

United have already signed Diogo Dalot, 19, from Porto this summer and Jose Mourinho is confident that the defender can be a success in England.

‘Diogo is an extremely talented young defender with all the qualities to quickly become a great player for this club,’ Mourinho said. ‘He has all the attributes that a full-back needs: physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality, combined with a Porto Academy mentality which prepares players for the maturity they need at the professional level.’

Dalot admitted that he was looking forward to working with Mourinho after completing his move to United. ‘Joining Manchester United is an unbelievable opportunity for me.

I have grown up in Porto’s Academy and I am so thankful for everything they have done for me,’ he said. ‘But the chance of coming to the biggest club in the world is something I just couldn’t turn down.

‘I’m excited about working with Jose Mourinho and learning everything I can from such a successful coach. ‘I am looking forward to playing alongside the fantastic players in the squad.’