Man United handed boost in their pursuit of 19-year-old midfield prodigy

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Manchester United are keen on signing the Benfica midfielder Joao Neves this summer.

The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the finest young midfield talents in European football and naturally Manchester United are keen on securing his services.

They need to bring a quality midfielder who can control the tempo of the game and add creativity to the side. The Portuguese international could prove to be a superb long-term investment for Manchester United. He could prove to be a major upgrade on players like Scott McTominay and Sofyan Amrabat.

The 19-year-old could form a solid partnership with Kobbie Mainoo at the heart of the Manchester United midfield. However, the player has a €120 million release clause in his contract and Manchester United might find a difficult to secure an agreement with Benfica.

The Portuguese outfit will probably want his release clause to be paid in full. According to a report from the Record, Benfica have tried to agree on a new deal with the player, but Neves has now rejected the opportunity to extend his contract at the club.

Benfica’s Portuguese midfielder #87 Joao Neves runs with the ball during the Portuguese League football match between SL Benfica and Gil Vicente FC at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, on February 4, 2024. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

Joao Neves weighing up his options?

That will certainly come as a boost for Manchester United. It seems that the midfielder might be weighing up his options. It will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds. The opportunity to join a club like Manchester United will be quite attractive for any player and Neves will be tempted to join them, if there is a concrete proposal of the table.

A move to the Premier League will be a major step up in his career and regular football in England could accelerate his development. The 19-year-old has all the tools to develop into a world class midfielder and he could be a key player for the Red Devils with the right guidance.

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