Braga winger Rafa Silva has been linked with a host of England’s top clubs this term, with Southampton believed to be the first team to enquire into his availability.
The Mirror claimed last summer that the Saints were preparing an offer for the 21-year-old, before O Jogo insisted that Everton and Liverpool were after the Portuguese international in the January transfer window, although were stalling over making an offer when his €25 million release clause was revealed.
Scouts have been out in force to watch the winger for a number of months now, and it appears as if a new Premier League giant has expressed an interest Silva, with A Bola indicating that Manchester United are now tracking the highly-rated youngster.
As per the report, United had scouts at Braga’s 3-1 victory over Nacional, during which Silva played the full 90 minutes. He failed to register a goal or an assist, and his creative output seems to be the only downside of his current game - with just two goals and four assists in 22 games this term.
However, that will probably do little to diminish the interest in him, and Silva is expected to have a bright future. He already has a wealth of experience behind him - with over 100 professional games registered by the age of 21 - and he has three full caps for Portugal, winning his first one at the start of last year.
Would Rafa Silva be a good signing for Manchester United?
Currently, United showing an interest in Silva does not make much sense, with the youngster primarily an out-and-out winger. Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has a desire to play without conventional wingers, and the likes of Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Angel Di Maria have been shoehorned into his formation in central midfield and full-back just to get them in the side.
He can play in a central role, but has hardly excelled there, but may van Gaal have seen something that suggests he can be United’s new number 10? And, if the coach has, one would fully expect Silva to be turning out at Old Trafford next season.