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Liverpool to ‘prioritise’ move for Neves from Benfica

Liverpool are reportedly preparing to make a move for Benfica teenage sensation Joao Neves, according to CM Journal.

The reports claim the Reds have identified the 19-year-old midfielder as a crucial target and will submit a formal offer soon.

Neves enjoyed an impressive breakthrough campaign for Benfica, playing over 55 matches across all competitions.

His incredible form has earned him a call-up to the Portugal national team for the 2024 European Championship, where he is one to keep an eye on.

He has garnered significant interest from Europe’s elite, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

The Portuguese international has been described as a mentally strong and physically gifted midfielder who is excellent on both sides of the ball.

Liverpool reportedly are at the forefront of the race for his signature.

However, Benfica are stern negotiators. They did not move when Liverpool went for Darwin Nunez, insisting on his release clause. Chelsea faced the same situation when they signed Enzo Fernandez.

Benfica will only entertain offers meeting Neves’ €120 million release clause. The Primeira Liga giants believe they are in a strong negotiating position.

Liverpool bolstered the midfield last season with the signing of four new players.

However, Neves’ potential and ability to add a different dimension to the midfield could prompt them to pay a premium for the Tavira-born starlet.

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