Benfica Starlet Joao Neves Has €120 Million Release Clause Amid Manchester United Interest
Benfica’s rising star, Joao Neves, possesses a release clause of €120 million (£105 million), and the club has no intentions of selling the midfielder to Manchester United in January.
United Scouts Monitor Neves
Manchester United has deployed scouts to closely observe the 19-year-old midfielder throughout the season. They witnessed his impressive performance in the Lisbon derby against Sporting Lisbon, where he scored a late equalizer before the international break.
Neves Fills Enzo Fernandez’s Shoes
The Portuguese international, Joao Neves, has successfully filled the void left by Enzo Fernandez’s move to Chelsea last January. Since then, he has become a key player in Benfica’s midfield, earning a spot in the starting XI.
Benfica Unwilling to Negotiate in January
Despite Manchester United’s interest, Benfica has made it clear that they will not entertain any offers for Neves in the upcoming January transfer window. The club is determined to retain their highly regarded young talent.
Bruno Fernandes Endorses Neves
During the international break, Neves had the opportunity to play alongside Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes. Fernandes expressed his admiration for Neves and his desire to see him join him at Manchester United. However, Fernandes acknowledges that the final decision lies with the coach.
Manchester United has faced midfield struggles despite signing Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat in the summer transfer window. Mount has only started one of the last seven games, while Amrabat has remained an unused substitute in the last two Premier League matches.
With Christian Eriksen suffering a knee injury, United manager Ten Hag will have to make adjustments to the midfield pairing of Scott McTominay and Eriksen.
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