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Manchester United and Erik Ten Hag Willing to Break the Bank for Benfica Star

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Manchester United’s co-owner, Jim Ratcliffe, is willing to spend big to bring the star to Old Trafford.

Manchester United’s co-owner, Jim Ratcliffe, has reportedly given the green light for the club to present a £100 million offer for Benfica’s rising star, Joao Neves.

The Red Devils are on the lookout for new talent to bolster their squad this summer, aiming to compete with top Premier League teams such as Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal.

Neves, a prodigious talent from Portugal, has become a focal point of transfer discussions after his standout performances for his childhood team this season.

According to the Daily Mail, United is leading the race to secure the 19-year-old, who has already made three appearances for the Portuguese national team.

Neves, who plays as a defensive midfielder, has participated in every Liga Portugal game this campaign, helping Benfica in their pursuit to overtake Sporting and secure consecutive championships.

Wearing the No87 jersey, Neves ascended from the club’s youth ranks and has attracted attention from various top European clubs, even though he is under contract until 2028.

United has recently named Omar Berrada as their new chief executive, and Dan Ashworth is set to join as the director of football after completing his gardening leave from Newcastle.

The future of Erik ten Hag as manager beyond this summer is yet to be decided, but it appears there’s a definitive strategy to enhance the team’s caliber, irrespective of the managerial position.

Ratcliffe is eager to strengthen the squad this summer. Therefore, he is prepared to spend a significant amount to achieve this goal.

This will also mean that United will need to sell off some of their squad after this season. Among the rumors is that Jadon Sancho and Antony could be sold.

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