Manchester United continues to be linked with Joao Neves, and the latest reports from Portugal add an intriguing dimension to the potential transfer (see image below for news reference).

According to O Jogo, Manchester United has escalated its efforts to acquire the midfielder, but Benfica is reluctant to part ways with him in the midst of the ongoing season.

The media outlet suggests that United’s pursuit of Neves has intensified, yet Benfica’s president, Rui Costa, is determined to retain the player even beyond the current campaign.

It is highlighted that the only route to securing Neves’ signature in the winter transfer window is by triggering his £104 million release clause.

Diario de Noticias reports that AC Milan is also eyeing Joao Neves, but financial constraints prevent the Italian giants from meeting the release clause to reunite him with compatriot Rafael Leao.

On the flip side, Manchester United has reportedly been enticed by the prospect of signing Neves and is prepared to activate the £104 million release clause to secure the deal.

DN claims that the Liga Nos champions are unwilling to engage in any negotiations for the player’s sale before the conclusion of the current campaign. Therefore, the release clause stands as the non-negotiable reference point.

Joao Neves, at the age of 19, has already made three appearances for the senior national side, and during the recent international break, he contributed minutes to the victories against Liechtenstein and Iceland.

As Manchester United seeks to fortify their No. 6 position with a long-term replacement for Casemiro, the question arises: should they make a £104 million offer to secure Neves?

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