Manchester United scouts closely monitored the performance of Benfica’s midfield sensation, Joao Neves, as he showcased his prowess by netting a goal against Sporting CP.
Having featured in 28 matches for Benfica, Joao Neves has managed to find the back of the net on two occasions, underscoring his effectiveness on the pitch. His stellar performances have not gone unnoticed, with the talented midfielder currently boasting a transfer value of €20 million, as per the latest assessments on Transfermarkt.com.
In addition to his club exploits, Joao Neves earned a cap for the Portuguese national team, showcasing his versatility and skill at the international level.
Despite the rising interest from various quarters, Benfica is determined to retain their prized academy graduate and is keen to fend off any potential suitors in the upcoming January transfer window.
In a strategic move earlier this year, the club secured Neves’ commitment by extending his contract until 2028. This contractual agreement is not without its safeguards, as it reportedly features a substantial €120 million release clause, signaling the club’s intent to secure fair value for their emerging star.
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The club’s proactive approach in tying down Joao Neves to a long-term contract not only reflects their belief in his potential but also serves as a deterrent against any premature departures.
The €120 million release clause is a clear indication of Benfica’s resolve to safeguard their investment and ensure that any potential suitors are well aware of the substantial valuation attached to their prized asset.
As the football world keeps a watchful eye on emerging talents, Joao Neves’ journey continues to be a captivating narrative, with Benfica steadfastly navigating the delicate balance between nurturing their talent and warding off external interests.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.