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Man Utd and Man City find out the precise amount they will need to pay to sign Benfica sensation Joao Neves.

Manchester United and Manchester City now know how much Benfica’s wonderkid Joao Neves is asking to sign.

The 19-year-old midfielder made his debut at the close of the previous campaign, taking Enzo Fernandez’s place in the middle of Benfica’s midfield as he headed to Chelsea.

Neves has been a constant for the Portuguese powerhouses this season, winning player of the match honors in their last two games against Sporting Lisbon and Chaves.

His performance in the latter match drew interest from fans all around Europe, and questions concerning the 19-year-old while playing for Portugal were directed at both Bruno Fernandes, the captain of United, and City’s Bernardo Silva.

Speaking with B24PT, Silva said to the local media, “If I can, I’ll make a move for Joao Neves to go to Man City instead of Man United, of course.”

Conversely, Fernandes declared: “I’d love to have [Neves] by my side, because he has quality and will have a bright future.”

The bad news is that both Manchester teams now know how much they will have to spend to sign the Portugal wonderkid.

Benfica seems to be setting themselves up for a situation akin to the one that ultimately resulted in Fernandez finishing his lengthy transfer to Chelsea: release clause or nothing.

Neves’ current release clause is set at €120 million (about £105 million), according to Fabrizio Romano, and Benfica is unwilling to accept a lesser sum.

“Benfica have no intention to open talks for Joao Neves in January despite Man United sending their scouts to track talented midfielder,” he wrote on X (Twitter).

“There’s same clause as Enzo Fernandez one year ago into his contract: €120 million.”

Therefore, it seems that both Manchester clubs will have to pay if they really are interested in the midfield player.

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