Manchester United’s recent scouting mission of Joao Neves is said to have left them convinced about the 19-year-old, according to reports.
Scouts from Manchester United were in attendance for the dramatic clash between SL Benfica and Sporting Lisbon and it has been confirmed by Fabrizio Romano that they were watching Joao Neves.
The teenage midfielder is attracting attention from a lot of top European sides and understandably so. Neves scored the equalising goal and was involved in the winning goal, too.
Portuguese outlet A Bola were full of praise for the midfielder and it seems that the scouts from the Old Trafford club, who were present at the game, agree with this assessment.
According to Wednesday’s newspaper of Portuguese outlet Record, they state that United were left convinced over the qualities of the 19-year-old.
They go on to say they have ‘closely followed’ the midfielder’s performances and Erik ten Hag is said to be a big fan of the teenager.
However, despite United’s interest, there is a reluctance from Benfica to allow the midfielder to leave for anything less than his release clause, which is in the region of £100 million according to Journal De Noticias.
The article from Record states the Red Devils are the team that are following him the most so a move could occur next summer if he carries on his impressive performances.
With a whole host of clubs vying for the teenager’s signature, it looks like he will be able to make a choice about which side he wants to join.
The hope will be that by then, the club are in a much better, more stable environment than they have been over the past few weeks.
Neves, at just 5 foot 7, may well be a risk physically but the technical quality he has blows any other midfielder United have out of the park, a signing like him is a must.