MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly working with Bruno Fernandes' agent as they track a potential replacement for Harry Maguire.
The club captain is well-respected at Old Trafford but could leave this summer after falling down the pecking order.
The Red Devils made Maguire the world's most expensive defender when they swooped for the star in 2019.
But Maguire has struggled to convince some fans since his £80m move from Leicester and has lost his first-team place this season.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo report that United are making moves to find a new centre-back – and Maguire's team-mate Fernandes could play a role.
The midfielder shares an agent with United target Goncalo Inacio, which could be crucial for the negotiations.
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The report claims United have got in touch with agent Miguel Pinho to work out if any transfer can be done.
Inacio has played for Sporting Lisbon since 2020 after emerging from their youth academy.
He has impressed since claiming a first-team was linked with Man United last summer.
The 21-year-old has made 29 appearances this season for a Sporting side who sit fourth in the Portuguese league.
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Ignacio also played both games against Arsenal in the Europa League and scored in the first leg before his side stunned the Londoners at the Emirates.
United have had great success with buying from Sporting Lisbon previously, with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani arriving from the Jose Alvalade Stadium previously.
Along with a new defender, the Red Devils are also going for a new striker and potentially a new keeper.
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