Portuguese giants Benfica wants to bring Manchester United defender Phil Jone on a loan deal in January.
Jones has fallen behind the pecking order at Old Trafford and according to Daily Mail, Benfica wants the player so as to fill the defensive holes they are currently experiencing as a team.
Benfica are no strangers to signing out-of-favor Premier League defenders, having already landed the likes of Nicolas Otamendi and Jan Vertonghen from Manchester City and Tottenham, respectively.
According to the reports, manager Jorge Jesus prefers to play with three defenders at the back and wants a strength in depth as the Eagles hope to dethrone Sporting Lisbon this season.
The team has conceded 13 goals in their 15 games and are four points below leaders Sporting Lisbon and Porto something the club deem not good enough.
🚨⚽️ | NEW: Benfica are targeting a versatile defender to bring in on loan in January. They have set their sights on Phil Jones
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Jones last featured for Man United in January 2020 but Benfica feels that he can help the team shore their defence despite the player spending the last two seasons on the sidelines with a recurring injury.
The player is believed to be just one of the many players United wants to offload as they seek to create space for some new faces.