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Benfica denies talks with Manchester United for João Neves transfer

Posted : 17 January 2024

Benfica has refuted rumors suggesting negotiations with Manchester United regarding the potential transfer of João Neves. In response to reports claiming United's interest in the holding midfielder, Benfica explicitly denied any intention to sell Neves to United or any other club during this transfer window.


The club issued a statement asserting that they have not engaged in talks with Manchester United or any other club regarding Neves and have no plans to do so, dismissing any contrary information as false.


Despite the interest from several top European clubs, including Juventus and Bayern Munich, Benfica emphasized their commitment to retaining Neves. The 19-year-old midfielder earned promotion to Benfica's first team in January 2023 and has been a consistent starter this season. Neves, a Portugal international, extended his contract with Benfica until June 2028 last summer, with his release clause raised from €60 million to €120 million.


In a separate development, Benfica announced the loan signing of Álvaro Fernández from Manchester United until the end of the season. The Spanish full-back's loan deal includes an obligation for Benfica to purchase him in the summer for €6 million, with an additional €3 million if Fernandez plays in 50% of the club's games.


As part of the agreement, United has included buy-back and sell-on clauses. Although Fernandez spent the first half of the season on loan at Granada in LaLiga, he is yet to make a competitive first-team appearance for Manchester United, starting in four preseason games.


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