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Possible record move: Man Utd could sign Bruno 2.0 as Ratcliffe eyes £105m “warrior” – opinion

In the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, Manchester United has faced numerous challenges in the transfer market, investing over £1 billion for limited success, with just four major trophies to their name.

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One standout success in the last decade has been the acquisition of club captain Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Clube de Portugal in 2020 for an initial £46.5 million.

Fernandes, the Portuguese maestro, has made a significant impact, amassing 68 goals and 57 assists in 202 appearances across all competitions for the Premier League giants.

Seeking to replicate this triumph, Manchester United is eyeing another talent from the Portuguese market in their January transfer plans.

Joao Neves, a rising star from Primeira Liga champions Benfica, has caught the attention of United.

The 19-year-old, who started training with Benfica’s first team last January, has become a key player under coach Roger Schmidt, earning the title of Midfielder of the Month for September after making 38 appearances.

Recent reports from the Portuguese outlet Record suggest that Manchester United is convinced about signing Neves in the upcoming January transfer window.

The Red Devils have diligently scouted the youngster, with the latest observation in the Lisbon derby where he scored a dramatic 94th-minute equalizer.

It is rumored that Neves has a £105 million release clause, potentially making this a record-breaking deal for United, surpassing the previous highest of £93.2 million spent on Paul Pogba.

After an impressive start to the season, Neves made his debut for the Portugal national team last month and has earned praise as the “next Bruno Fernandes” from supporters.

Football scout Jacek Kulig described the young midfielder as a “warrior” for his standout performance against Porto in September.

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