CONFIRMED: PSG aiming to beat Man Utd and Arsenal in €100m Neves transfer

Suraj Radia
Suraj Radia
  • Updated: 27 Jun 2024 13:10 CDT
  • 4 min read
Joao Neves, Benfica

Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Benfica midfielder Joao Neves, rivalling Premier League sides Arsenal and Manchester United in the chase, The Transfers Podcast understands.

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Neves, 19, is already a full Portugal international and is currently with Roberto Martinez’s squad as they prepare for a Euro 2024 knockout match against Slovenia.

He featured in two group stage matches, appearing from the bench in the 3-0 win against Turkey and playing 75 minutes during the Selecao’s final group game against Georgia.

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Neves played 55 matches in total for Benfica last season, including six in the Champions League.

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João Neves

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João Neves

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It is understood that Manchester United have already made a bid for the homegrown midfield orchestrator while Arsenal also retain an interest.

PSG coach Luis Enrique has identified Neves as an ideal partner for compatriot Vitinha, with the French Ligue 1 champions on the lookout for a new player to feature in a restructured midfield.

The Spanish manager requires a midfielder to play in a holding role or else further forward as a playmaker or No.8. Vitinha can do both jobs, but PSG want a second player with a similar profile.

Neves low salary puts Benfica in strong financial position for transfer

Benfica have a strong track record of extracting maximum value for their players, as evidenced by the recent sales of Darwin Nunez and Enzo Fernandez to Liverpool and Chelsea respectively. Neves has a €120 million release clause in his current deal.

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Though he signed an improved deal in August which runs to 2028, Neves is understood to have rejected Benfica’s attempts to secure him to a further revised contract which would have doubled his salary to €1m net.

“That gives you an idea of how some of the costs can be saved on signing a player of his age because the basic salary is low for a player of his ability,” says Transfers Podcast host Duncan Castles.

Portuguese sources indicate that Benfica are seeking a transfer fee of €100m to sell Neves this summer. PSG do not want to go that high.

Joao Neves is currently at Euro 2024 with Portugal.
© IMAGO - Joao Neves is currently at Euro 2024 with Portugal.

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