Manchester United is one of the best European teams interested in Argentine striker Facundo Farias, reports AS.
Farias (19) is an attacking midfielder who plays for the Argentine Colon. He scored 11 goals and recorded seven assists in 64 appearances.
The report also claims that PSG was warned by a tip-off from Lionel’s father Messi Jorge, who recommended the player as a potential signature.
Who is Facundo Farias?
Farias has had to overcome adversity in his life so far. AS Argentina reports he lost his mother to cancer when he was just 10 and his father died during a pandemic two years ago.
He scored his first goal in the Copa Libertadores last week, an impressive volley that brought his team to a 2-1 lead over Paraguay’s Cerro Porteno.
Farias can play several attacking roles. In 16 games for his club this season, he has played as No. 10, central striker, both on the left and right wing.
AS Argentina reported that Farias ‘participates a lot in the game with the ball sewn to his leg and is an artist.’
A seeker of football talent Jacek Kulig he compared Farias in style to Philippe Coutinho, citing pace, vision and first touch among his strengths.
Farias was part of the Argentine U20 team, although he has not yet played in the senior team.
Is this a move that United will follow?
United have no habit of signing players from South America, and recently in January they bought Julian Alvarez, who went to City, which seemed like a safer bet. But it was more about a complete ban on signing at any time in the middle of the season.
United bought Facunda Pellistri from Uruguay’s Penaril in 2020, helped by a relationship with his former manager Diego Forlan. This was the first deal from the continent since the purchase of Guillermo Varela from the same club 2013
New manager Eric ten Haag could be more open to moves like this, with the transition to Antony from Sao Paulo, Brazil 2018 one of his most successful jobs for Ajax.
Farias wouldn’t cost much, probably a fee of around £ 10 million. That would make it a very interesting low-cost gambling for the club.
In fact, it could be more expensive not to relocate, as United revealed over the weekend when former Moises Caicedo goal led Brighton to victory.
Farias looks set to become a star, already has top-level influence in South America, but will be a development prospect. United would be smart to invest.