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Manchester United want to sign starlet, despite his £103m release clause

Manchester United eyes top young prodigy as top European clubs join the chase

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Manchester United have set their sights on Benfica’s young sensation, Joao Neves, despite him recently penning a contract extension with the Portuguese club until 2028 with a hefty £103m release clause.

Florian Plettenburg has affirmed that while the Red Devils aren’t planning a winter swoop, Neves is definitely in their summer transfer agenda. The 19-year-old prodigy isn’t a new name for United, having been under their watchful eyes for a while. Furthermore, he isn’t just attracting attention from Old Trafford; several top European clubs are vying for the Benfica gem.

Last season, Neves showcased his prowess by playing a pivotal role in 20 fixtures across all competitions, propelling Benfica to clinch the Primeira Liga title and also making a significant impact in their Champions League journey up to the quarter-finals.

WhoScored’s evaluation of Neves underscores his impressive capabilities – from aerial challenges, precise passing, adept tackling, to efficient ball blocking, he exhibits ‘very strong’ skills, marking him as a talent set to make waves in European football.

Neves being a hot topic among Europe’s elite clubs truly emphasizes his potential.

Given Manchester United’s requirement for players who can rival Casemiro’s prowess, Neves, although more of a playmaking midfielder who leans towards passing rather than dribbling, stands out as a promising prospect for the coming years.

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