Benfica to make move for Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira?

Jose Mourinho watches on during the EFL Cup semi-final between Hull City and Manchester United on January 26, 2017
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Benfica reportedly take an interest in signing third-choice Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira.

Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Benfica.

Pereira has only made one first-team appearance for United - as a substitute against Wigan Athletic earlier this season - but he is highly regarded by manager and compatriot Jose Mourinho.

The 20-year-old will start United's final Premier League match of the season against Crystal Palace on Sunday but according to A Bola, Benfica hope to make it his one and only start for the club.

It has been suggested that they have identified Pereira as a potential successor to Emerson, who has been linked with a move away from the Estadio da Luz.

Pereira has only made 16 appearances in senior football - with all but one of those coming at Rochdale and Belenenses - but the Portuguese giants appear willing to place faith in the youngster.

It has previously been reported that Pereira will be offered a new contract at Old Trafford.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in action during the Premier League clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 19, 2016
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