Liverpool interest in Joao Neves to spark reaction next week

Liverpool's interest in Joao Neves will reportedly spark a reaction from Benfica next week. The midfielder is building a reputation.

O Jogo report that Benfica are ready to sign Joao Neves to a brand new contract. The teenager has been an absolute revelation in 2023, cementing himself as a regular player for the Portuguese giants.

Of course, any young talent who establishes themself at Benfica also draws intense interest from abroad. Neves is no different, with O Jogo name-dropping Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Liverpool are holding an interest in him.

Man United lead the way, apparently, but this isn't a race that's anywhere near over. For one thing, Benfica are going to significantly raise his release clause.

Neves is still on a fairly basic contract right now. He earns about £500k per year, making him the lowest-paid player in the first-team squad. However, he is still under a release clause of £104m.

Benfica want to raise that all the way up to £130m with a new contract. They're very confident that Neves will sign it, too, as a boyhood fan who's still at the very start of his career.

In fact, Benfica believe the deal could be signed 'in the first days' of 2024 - next week, in other words - as they react to all of this interest. Doing so would give them absolute security with the future of their most valuable asset.

O Jogo's article mentions that the £130m release clause is the same as Darwin Nunez's before he moved to Liverpool. He didn't cost the Reds anything like that, of course - it's primarily about giving freedom to negotiate.

Neves almost certainly won't move in January, with manager Roger Schmidt making clear that he's not for sale. Though, he could technically move if a team met his release clause.


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