Intense Transfer Battle Brewing as Benfica’s Wonderkid Attracts Interest from Manchester Rivals
In the latest twist of the Manchester transfer saga, Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has declared his intention to “pull strings” and potentially thwart Manchester United’s pursuit of his Portugal teammate, the highly sought-after 19-year-old wonderkid, Joao Neves.
Reports suggest that Manchester United, under the management of Erik ten Hag, is keen on securing the services of the Benfica star in 2024. While a January pursuit seems unlikely due to financial constraints, sources indicate that Benfica has “no intention” of parting ways with Neves mid-season.
Despite these challenges, Manchester United remains persistent in scouting the talented midfielder, with ongoing interest dating back several months. The Red Devils are believed to be front-runners in the race to sign Neves, and their captain, Bruno Fernandes, has expressed his desire to see his international teammate join Old Trafford.
In a recent statement to Sport TV Portugal, Fernandes said, “It has to be the Man United coach who says whether he has a place or not. He’s a great player, I don’t know if he would have a place or not. It depends on the coach and his ideas. But he’s an excellent player and an excellent kid, very professional. You will have a bright future wherever you go. I would really like to have him by my side. Because he has quality and will have a bright future. It depends on him. What I want most is the best for him.”
However, the plot thickens as Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, also impressed by Neves’ performances on Portugal duty, has voiced his desire to see the young talent join the Etihad Stadium rather than Old Trafford. Silva stated, “If I can, I will pull strings for João Neves to go to Man City. I’d like to see João joining City instead of Man United, of course!”
Benfica has made it clear that acquiring Neves will come at a significant cost, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that the club will only entertain offers if the €120 million release clause is activated.
🔴🇵🇹 Benfica have no intention to open talks for João Neves in January despite Man United sending their scouts many times to track talented midfielder.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 20, 2023
There’s same clause as Enzo Fernández one year ago into his contract: €120m. pic.twitter.com/jHdSJlhq71
As the transfer battle intensifies, football enthusiasts eagerly await the outcome of this tug-of-war between Manchester City and Manchester United for the promising Portuguese star.
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