Manchester United is reportedly considering a move for Benfica’s rising talent, Joao Neves, in a bid to strengthen their midfield.
Bruno Fernandes, a key figure at United and a compatriot of Neves, has spoken highly of the young midfielder’s capabilities.
Neves, who has already earned a spot in the Portugal national team, boasts 38 appearances for Benfica, showcasing his versatility in both central and defensive midfield roles.
Despite United’s interest, acquiring Neves might prove challenging as he has emerged from Benfica’s youth system and holds a contract until 2028.
Benfica, holding a strong negotiating position, is unlikely to part with this promising talent easily or at a low cost.
QUOTES FROM FERNANDES
When questioned about the potential signing of Neves by United, Fernandes emphasized that the decision rests with the Manchester United coach.
He praised Neves, highlighting his exceptional skills, professionalism, and bright future. Fernandes expressed his desire to have Neves as a teammate, underscoring the young player’s quality and potential for success.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The possibility of a bid for Neves from United in the January transfer window exists, but a summer transfer seems more plausible.
United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, has faced challenges in finding the right midfield balance this season, with recent signings Sofyan Amrabat and Mason Mount yet to fully establish themselves at Old Trafford.