MANCHESTER UNITED have stepped up their quest to sign Benfica defensive star Ruben Dias.
The Red Devils have long been on the trail of the Portugal centre-back, 22.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to land Dias as part of a major overhaul this summer.
And United scouts checked on the 11-cap international in Benfica‘s home friendly against Anderlecht on Wednesday.
Reports in Portugal claim Old Trafford chiefs have contacted their Portuguese opposite numbers about a potential deal.
Dias is under contract with the Primeira Liga champions until 2023, and has a £60million release clause.
Benfica officials hope to persuade him to sign a new deal, which would require interested clubs to pay a minimum £80m for him.
United are understood to have asked if Benfica are willing to do business for less than £60m, but were told to come up with the full amount.
Dias made 55 appearances last season, scoring four goals as Benfica pipped rivals Porto to clinch their fifth title in six seasons.
United’s desire to land the Portuguese prodigy will increase if they lose Victor Lindelof to Barcelona.
The Catalan giants have recently shown interest in the Swedish centre-back, who himself played for Benfica before moving to Old Trafford in 2017.
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Meanwhile, United were rocked earlier today when a member of Solskjaer’s backroom team was rushed to a Perth hospital after a suspected overdose.
The male, said to be in his 50s, reported to the club doctor at the team hotel while on pre-season tour of Australia.
According to reports, the unnamed male, is currently in a stable condition after the suspected overdose.
Sources revealed he was rushed from the Crown Towers hotel to nearby Perth Royal Hospital cover in a blanket and surrounded by security.
He was then spotted arriving at the hotel around 3pm local time with a blanket over his face, as shown in footage by 7 News.
Royal Perth Hospital is yet to officially confirm the man’s condition.