Benfica give Man Utd new asking price for Joao Neves after rejecting opening offer
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Neves could be on the move this summer (Picture: Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Benfica have rejected an opening offer of €60million (£51m) from for midfielder Joao Neves.

with following a difficult second season in Manchester.

Neves, 19, has emerged as the club’s top target for that position with United eager to bring him to Old Trafford in the coming months.

United have now tested the water with an opening bid of €60m, report, one that has been immediately rejected by Benfica.

Neves has a release clause of £105m written into his contract, from the Portuguese giants 18 months ago.

Should Neves leave, Benfica president Rui Costa wants a fee as close to that release clause as possible but the report suggests negotiations could start at £85m.

United are not the only club interested in the midfielder, however, with Liverpool, Chelsea. Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all keen.

Casemiro’s time at United could be up (Picture: Getty)

But United’s interest is the most advanced, although they will have to increase their bid considerably to land one of Europe’s most promising young talents.

Neves replaced Fernandez in Benfica’s midfield following the latter’s move to Chelsea in January last year and has been a mainstay ever since.

He will hope to line up alongside Bruno Fernandes for Portugal at Euro 2024 this summer with the

‘I don’t know if United rumours are true, but I know he is ready for that big jump,’ said Fernandes in March.

‘He is an excellent player, he’s with the National team. That’s also why the big clubs are after him.’

In January, Benfica took the unusual step of releasing a statement to deny reports United had already held talks over a deal for the Portuguese midfielder.