Alvaro Fernandez departs Manchester United as Benfica move is right on the edge

Manchester United have parted ways with Alvaro Fernandez, who is signing for Benfica. Manchester United under INEOS and Sir Jim Ratcliffe will be undergoing a transition.

With numerous changes related to staff already implemented, a lot of movement to follow from The Red Devils’ camp. In order to comply with the spending budget and FFP rules, many players could make way out of Old Trafford.

Manchester United’s squad transition: A summer of player moves to follow

Very few Manchester United players will have breathing space in the upcoming transfer window. Moreover, The Red Devils will be exempting only up to 10 players from the market. Followingly, a series of changes will take place in the United’s squad.

Kobbie Mainoo, Alejandro Garnacho, Rasmus Hojlund and Andre Onana will definitely be staying with United for the next term. They are expected to be guaranteed a place in the United squad.

Raphael Varane has already confirmed his departure. The Frenchman will leave Old Trafford as a free agent after being unable to live up to his glorious Real Madrid standards. Another Frenchman, Anthony Martial will also be leaving for free after the FA Cup tie against Manchester City.

Additionally, Casemiro failed to put on a show at the Old Trafford. The Brazilian could be out on his way with offers from Saudi already on the table. Christian Eriksen is likely to leave and Sofyan Amrabat won’t be staying either.

Moreover, United will be open to hearing offers for Jadon Sancho. After failing to perform at the Old Trafford and clashing with Erik Ten Hag, Sancho has enjoyed his loan spell at Dortmund. Especially, having helped Dortmund qualify for the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid.

Donny van de Beek, Hannibal Mejbri and perhaps even Facundo Pellestri could leave after their loan spells conclude if United receive considerable offers for them.

While the sale of Alvaro Fernandez won’t help United with a lot of cash straight away, it appears to be a step in the right direction for The Red Devils.

Manchester United ready to sell Alvaro Fernandez!

Benfica signed the 21-year old left back on a short term loan in the January transfer window. Additionally, an option-to-buy clause was also included in the arrangement. Fernandez has earned a spot at the Stadio da Luz after turning in constantly good performances. Moreover, he has successfully managed to impress head coach, Roger Schmidt. And now, Benfica have decided to trigger the clause.

Fabrizio Romano gave an update on the news, writing:

“Benfica trigger buy option clause for Alvaro Fernandez. Deal completed today. Alvaro signs with Benfica for the next five years. Manchester United will receive fee in the region of 6 million euros.”

Moreover, a buy-back clause has been included by United that could see Fernandez making a return at The Theatre of Dreams.

Paco Lopez on Alvaro Fernandez: “He can be an important player for any team”

Paco Lopez worked with Alvaro Fernandez in the first half of La Liga 2023/24 season. Additionally, Lopez had kind words to say about Fernandez. He said:

“I see him as a mentally strong player and I believe he reacts well when he doesn’t have many minutes. I had conversations with him at Granada about this.

He knows there are aspects to improve and he will definitely improve. I believe he has a very promising future. Alvaro Carreras is a player with a lot of offensive talent. He is a technically very evolved player. Plays well on the wing, links well with his team-mates, has a good pass. Technically, for a full-back, he is a player with a lot of quality.

But, of course, he is still young and has to complete his growth process and improve some defensive aspects. It’s a matter of working and being patient with him.

With work and dedication, I believe he can be a great player. I believe that over time he can be an important player for any team. Alvaro is young and clearly has a promising future, I am convinced of that.”

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