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Manchester United Eyes Joao Neves as Casemiro Replacement Amid Transfer Speculation



Manchester United’s transfer strategy has come into focus with reports suggesting they’ve identified Joao Neves as a potential successor to Casemiro.

The latter, who joined from Real Madrid in 2022, has faced criticism recently, leading to speculation about his departure from Old Trafford.

Despite having two years remaining on his contract, with a possible extension, Casemiro’s absence from the FA Cup final lineup has fueled rumors of interest from Saudi Arabian clubs, notably Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal.

Neves, a standout talent at Benfica, has emerged as United’s top target for midfield reinforcement. At just 19, he’s attracted attention from Manchester City as well, adding to the competition for his signature.

Portugal’s national team coach Roberto Martinez has endorsed Neves’s potential, while his teammate Bernardo Silva advocates for a move to Manchester City.

With a hefty release clause of €120m in Neves’s contract, Benfica holds a strong position regarding his future. Meanwhile, speculation suggests Benfica’s interest in Mason Greenwood, hinting at a possible swap deal.

However, the intricacies of such a transfer remain complex, requiring multiple factors to align for United to secure Neves’s services.

Despite the challenges, United appears confident in their ability to negotiate with Benfica, especially considering potential departures like Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, and Donny van de Beek.


The imminent wage reduction following the departures of Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial further strengthens their financial position.

Neves, with his considerable experience at Benfica, is seen as a prized asset and a solution to United’s midfield needs, having made 55 appearances for the Portuguese club last season.

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