Man Utd Misses Perfect Opportunity for Swap Deal as Star ‘Seals Move Away’

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Manchester United have reportedly pinpointed Benfica midfielder Joao Neves as a priority transfer target this summer ahead of further midfield upgrades. However, the potential first sale of the Sir Jim Ratcliffe era could thwart United’s hopes of striking a deal with the Portuguese giants. Our community members are treated to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. You can check out at any time.

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But amid Financial Fair Play limitations and an emphasis on the club’s need to sell to buy this summer, a £102m transfer seems unlikely. A swap deal, specifically a switch involving Alvaro Fernandez, could have been considered to bring Benfica’s valuation down.

The 21-year-old left-back ended a loan at Granada to move to the Lisbon club in January, where he has impressed. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. Read our Privacy Policy.

The M16 heavyweights now face missing out on the teenage sensation unless they quickly raise funds through further player sales. Such efficiency would be uncharacteristic in comparison to recent years, although there is hope Ratcliffe’s new-look football hierarchy will enjoy better success with incomings and outgoings. Reports claim no senior player is immune from a summer sale, excluding Andre Onana, Kobbie Mainoo, Alejandro Garnacho and Rasmus Hojlund. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Casemiro, Jadon Sancho, and Mason Greenwood are among the star names who could attract lucrative fees to help reshape this season’s injury-stricken, underperforming squad.

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