Chelsea’s €60M bid rejected: Liverpool want to sign him but must pay €120M release clause

Chelsea have had a bid for 20-year-old centre-back Antonio Silva rejected by Benfica amid claims Liverpool want to sign him.

The Blues tabled a €60 million (£51.5M) offer but were turned away, according to Portuguese outlet A Bola, due to the huge release clause in his contract.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are all interested but will have to fork out €120 million (£103M) to sign him this month or in the summer transfer window.

Recent reports have covered Liverpool's transfer pursuit of 20-year-old Silva. The Benfica centre-back has been wonderful for the Portuguese side this season and with Jurgen Klopp in need of defensive reinforcements, their scouting of Silva has yielded positive reports.

According to a report from Record in November, Liverpool want to sign the £103M-rated defender but his price tag presents a huge barrier to securing his signature.

It seems incredibly unlikely that Liverpool would spend so much to sign such a young player even if he's incredibly talented and potentially a future world class player.

The Reds have a history of conducting smart, cost effective moves for young players with huge potential.

Unfortunately, Benfica have done a very good job of protecting this particular player from unwanted transfer approaches and it may see Liverpool end their interest in him if Benfica hold to that valuation.


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