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Summer transfer poker: Half of Europe chasing Bayern favourite Joao Neves

Joao Neves
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The extent of the expected squad upheaval at FC Bayern is likely to depend not least on the ideas of the new coach. However, one position already seems to have been identified: The signing of a new centre midfielder.

Max Eberl has a lot of work ahead of him in his new role as FC Bayern’s sporting director. The search for a successor to Thomas Tuchel is currently the top priority. There are also contract negotiations with stars such as Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sané and Jamal Musiala.

The Bayern bosses are also said to already be on the lookout for potential new signings. In particular, the signing of a central midfielder still appears to be in focus.

Bayern interested in Joao Neves

One candidate who has recently been repeatedly linked with the German record champions is Joao Neves from Benfica Lisbon. The 19-year-old shooting star is regarded as one of the biggest midfield talents in Europe.

Neves has been an integral part of Roger Schmidt’s team this season and has not missed a single competitive match so far. In total, he has started 40 of 45 matches, scoring four goals in the process.

Top clubs are courting super talent

The Portuguese’s strong performances have not gone unnoticed by other top European clubs. According to O Jogo, FC Bayern, Manchester United, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and PSG are also rumoured to be interested in Neves. However, there have been no concrete negotiations with any of the clubs so far.

However, PSG in particular have recently signalled their interest in the defensive midfielder. According to reports, squad planner Luis Campos is very keen on Neves. In Paris, the super talent could take over from Marco Verratti.

Meanwhile, Benfica president Rui Costa is said to be seeking an extension to his contract, which runs until 2028. According to the report, the former Portugal international hopes that Neves will spend at least one more season at Benfica. In addition, the release clause anchored in the contract is to be increased from the current 120 million euros to 150 million euros.

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