Red Devils have joined local rivals Man City in the battle for Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis, who is becoming one of the most sought-after youngsters in Europe. U20 Portugal international attracted the attention of the Citizens over the transfer window, but signed Rodri in the defensive midfield role instead of launching a bid for Florentino.
PSG did make a bid for the Eagles man, but it was turned down as the Portuguese club are keen to keep hold of one of their brightest promising talents. Red Devils have now joined the fray as Man United sent scouts to watch Benfica’s comprehensive 4-0 win at Sporting Braga, where they were also keeping an eye on defender Ruben Dias.
Florentino started that match, as he has all four of Benfica’s Primeira Liga games so far this campaign, of which they have won three and lost one. The 20-year-old midfielder signed a new contract this summer which extends his remain at Benfica till 2024 but crucially increased his release clause from €60m to €120m.
Portuguese starlet said: ‘I look at my progress in training with great pride because it has been excellent. I was fortunate to have great conditions, coaches and colleagues who helped me evolve with each training session and every match to get where I am now.
Florentino only made his league debut for the Portuguese club in February 2019, but quickly caught the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs. He made 11 Primeira Liga appearances last campaign, scoring one goal as Benfica won the league by two points ahead of Porto.