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Benfica Slap £40m Price Tag On Premier League Target

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Portuguese giants Benfica have reportedly slapped a £40 million price tag on to winger Eduardo Salvio in a bid to ward off any interested parties from making a move this summer, Sky Sports reports.

This will come as bad news for the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, both of whom are said to be interested in bringing him to the Premier League this summer.

The Argentine international bagged 13 goals in 51 appearances across all competitions last season and is now regarded as one of the hottest players in Europe right now. New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was thought to be strongly interested in striking a deal for the 23-year-old, but may now have to reconsider after seeing the asking price rise dramatically.

Pellegrini will have cash to spend this summer, having already spent a considerable amount on Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo, Fernandinho and Stevan Jovetic, however, the £40 million asking price may prove to be just a step too far for a single player, forcing him to look at alternatives elsewhere.

Salvio began his career with Lanus in his homeland before moving to Atletico Madrid in 2010. He has spent the past two seasons alternating between Atletico and Benfica before making the move to Lisbon permanent last summer.


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