EPL Transfer Rumors: Manchester United to sign Leo Baptistao?

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Leo Baptistao
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Manchester United has become synonymous with scoring this season, but that doesn’t mean that manager Sir Alex Ferguson is satisfied with what his current roster has to offer.

With the January transfer window wide open, the Red Devils are looking to make some moves to secure their position atop the EPL standings. One of those moves could be landing Leo Baptistao, a striker for La Liga’s Rayo Vallecano who is expected to come at a price of about £6 million.

Although Manchester United’s interest in the 20-year old scorer is through the roof, there are several other clubs in the hunt for Baptistao’s services. Teams such as Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, QPR, Leeds and Brighton have all been linked to Rayo Vallecano’s most valuable scorer.

In the 17 La Liga matches that Baptistao has played in, the youngster has scored six goals while assisting on five others. Considering that Rayo Vallecano has only netted 25 goals all season long, it says a lot about Baptistao that he has been involved in 11 of them. In only a short amount of time, he has proven his value and potential as a scoring sensation.

In terms of fitting into the Manchester United lineup, Baptistao still has a lot of maturing to do before he sees any significant minutes. At this point, he’s more of a project who will need time to develop into an EPL-caliber scorer. There is, however, no denying that the potential is there for him to blossom in a big way given the proper coaching and nurturing.

Unfortunately for Baptistao’s other potential suitors, it’s unlikely that any of them can offer the same deal that Manchester United can if they deem him worthy. They’ll need to seal the deal quickly, though, as rumors are beginning to swirl that Atletico Madrid is close to landing a signature from the Brazilian forward.

Baptistao is overflowing with energy and tenacity. If Manchester United can lock him down for the long-term, expect big things from the next generation of Red Devils’ scorers.

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