Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has already strengthened his team by getting Jack Butland and Wout Weghorst on loan. However, it looks like the Dutchman could be looking to add more players in the near future.
Spanish news outlet ABC Sevilla says that both Manchester United and Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Real Betis star Luiz Henrique. They are said to have sent scouts to watch the winger play more than once this season.
The 22-year-old, who CIES Football Observatory has valued at around €35m (£31m), only joined the La Liga club in the summer, but he has already made a big impression under Manuel Pellegrini, scoring three goals and setting up five others in 22 games on all fronts this season.
The talented Brazilian, whose contract with Seville is set to last until 2028, caught people’s attention at his old team, Fluminense, where he scored 14 goals and set up 13 others in 118 games across all competitions.
Even though he doesn’t seem to do much, the kid on the right seems to be a dangerous threat. Graham Hunter, an expert on Spanish football, recently said that Betis “have a fantastic, characterful, exciting young winger on their hands” because of the left-speed footer’s and skill.
The respected journalist was writing about the forward’s great performance in the Spanish Super Cup loss to Barcelona. Henrique had two assists and four key passes in that game, which earned him a Sofascore match rating of 7.9, which was the best of the day.
The 6-foot-tall star also showed off his defensive skills by making five impressive tackles and winning all of his aerial duels on the night. An all-around talent like him is likely to be appealing to the people at Old Trafford.
If Ten Hag decides to sign the wide player soon, it could give United the chance to finally get rid of academy graduate Anthony Elanga. The Sweden international has been linked with a loan move to Everton in recent weeks.
Even though it is possible that the Red Devils will want to keep the 20-year-old attacker because they do not have a lot of attacking depth, the arrival of Henrique may hasten the Swede’s departure from the club. This is the case despite the fact that it is possible that the Red Devils will want to keep the attacker because they do not have a lot of attacking depth. According to the words of journalist Muhammad Butt, Elanga is allegedly “suffering” as a result of the fact that he was “rushed” into the first team. Muhammad Butt made these claims.
The quick player from Malmö has played in 18 games across all competitions so far this season, but he has only one assist to his name. He has not scored a goal yet. The last time he scored was back in February, against Atletico Madrid, while they were playing away from home and drawing a draw.
These concerns were brought into sharp relief following the most recent victory in the Carabao Cup, which was achieved against Charlton Athletic of League One. During his 84-minute performance, the nine-time international player who never lived up to his potential had only 26 touches on the ball, won only one duel, and did not make any key passes. He also did not make any key passes.
This shows how different Elanga and Henrique are from each other as offensive players. Elanga has trouble standing out when he plays against teams from lower leagues, but Henrique seems to thrive when he plays the tough Blaugrana.
Ten Hag might be impressed by the Brazilian’s willingness to defend the team from the front. He is in the top 1% of his position in Europe when it comes to tackles made over the past year, while Elanga is only in the top 20%.
It should come as no sᴜrprise that the Red Devils are keeping a close eye on Henrique’s development given that all of the evidence suggests that he would be a significant upgrade over the young Swede if he came to the Theatre of Dreams and that he is currently being monitored by them.