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Man Utd ‘expected’ to make fresh offer to sign Neves

Manchester United are prepared to make an improved offer to sign Benfica midfielder Joao Neves this summer, according to Portuguese publication A Bola.

The Red Devils are in the market for a new defensive midfielder and Neves is one of the top names on their summer wishlist.

The club reportedly made an opening offer worth £51 million for the wonderkid, but Benfica swiftly rejected the proposal.

United are ‘expected’ to return with an improved transfer offer. Premier League rivals Arsenal are also planning an approach for him.

Benfica have been holding out for Neves’ £102 million release clause, but the pressure could mount on them to sell for less due to their financial situation.

President Rui Costa recently said that Portuguese clubs can’t survive without sales and he would not allow Benfica to breach the Financial Fair Play limits.

Man Utd need to speed up pursuit of Neves

Neves, who has been described as an ‘excellent‘ player by Bruno Fernandes, is currently one of the most sought-after young midfielders in European football.

He had a terrific full season with Benfica last term. The Portuguese completed 90 percent of his passes with almost 60 percent duels won. He averaged two tackles and over six recoveries per game.

The teenager was also brilliant with his tireless work rate and high pressing in the number six role. He would be an ideal replacement for Casemiro, who is past his prime.

Casemiro is on the radar of several Saudi Pro League clubs. United could capitalise on the transfer interest to sell him for a reasonable fee. They need to be proactive to beat Arsenal to the punch.

The Gunners are eyeing a potential replacement for Thomas Partey. United can’t afford to wait for Neves and must make an improved proposal as soon as possible.

Benfica will likely be tempted to accept a package that is lower than Neves’ release clause. The Primeira Liga giants could also agree on a long-term payment plan for his potential transfer.

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