Man Utd have made final £59m bid to sign ‘born leader’, don’t want to pay more – report

Benfica's Portuguese midfielder #87 Joao Neves controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League 1st round day 2 Group D football match Inter Milan vs Benfica at the San Siro stadium in Milan on October 3, 2023. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United have made a final take-or-leave offer for Benfica wonderkid Joao Neves, according to Portuguese publication Record (page 15).

The Red Devils are aiming to bolster their defensive midfield department this summer and they have identified multiple targets for the position.

Neves is one of those. United failed with a £51m bid to sign him earlier last month and Record claim that the club have followed up with a £59m offer.

This is reportedly the final take-or-leave proposal from the Red Devils, but there is no indication that Benfica will consider parting ways with Neves.

The 19-year-old currently has a £102m release clause in his contract and Benfica president Rui Costa is determined to keep him for the 2024/25 season.

A summer exit has not been entirely ruled out, but it is claimed that it would require at least £85m for the Primeira Liga giants to contemplate his departure.

Neves would be a statement signing for United

The youngster had a fantastic breakthrough campaign with Benfica last term. He was brilliant from the number six role and was ever-present for the whole season.

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