Manchester United transfer news: Manchester United plot SMART move to secure Benfica wonderkid Joao Neves

In today's Manchester United transfer news - Manchester United are ready with a strategic move to sign Benfica wonderkid Joao Neves and have begun early talks including a loan deal
Manchester United target Joao Neves
Manchester United target Joao Neves / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/GettyImages

The latest Manchester United transfer news is that Premier League giants Manchester United are actively pursuing Benfica's emerging midfield talent Joao Neves and have initiated early transfer talks to secure the signing of the wonderkid. Neves is a key player for the Portuguese champions and one of the best young talents, catching the attention of top European clubs.

Strategic Brilliance

However, the 19-year-old’s staggering €120million[£103m] release clause could become a stumbling block for the move, but, the Red Devils have devised a smart plan in order to negotiate a favourable deal.

Their strategic approach involves leveraging ongoing loan talks with Benfica, particularly regarding Alvaro Fernandez, as per The Mirror. The 20-year-old left-back, impressing on loan at La Liga side Granada, could pave the way for negotiations with the Portuguese club. This calculated move aligns with United's vision of reinforcing their squad with young and dynamic talents.

Impressive Outings

The performances of Neves this season underline his potential to become a world-class midfielder in the upcoming years. With a passing accuracy of 90%, robust defensive skills, and impressive ball recoveries, he represents a calculated investment for United's midfield. The club, under the ownership of British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who recently completed his 25% takeover of United for a whopping £1.3billion, is keen on strengthening its recruitment strategy.

United Aiming For Future

While the release clause poses a significant financial hurdle, United's proactive stance reflects their determination to secure top talents. The involvement of super-agent Jorge Mendes adds a layer of negotiation expertise, enhancing the Red Devils’ chances in the competitive race for Neves' signature.

However, the success of this move may hinge on the Old Trafford-based outfit’s Champions League qualification, as financial implications could impact their pursuit. Regardless, the early talks signify their bold approach, indicating that United to be ready to navigate a challenging market to secure the future of their midfield with Joao Neves.

Neves’ current contract at Benfica runs till June 2028.

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