Former Benfica scout delivers glowing Joao Neves verdict amid Manchester United transfer links

The Benfica ace, who turned 19 in September, has been closely linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks amid the club&aposs plans to strengthen the squad next year. United are understood to have identified four areas of the team they want to bolster in 2024, including central midfield.

Neves, who is a defensive-midfielder by trade, is ranked among the most exciting prospects in Europe, highlighted by the fact he has already chalked up 36 appearances in Benfica colours at the age of just 19. He has played 16 times already this season, including three starts in the Champions League.

Already a key fixture in Benfica head coach Roger Schmidt&aposs plans, Neves is attracting widespread interest. That, however, comes as no surprise to Boto, who was head of scouting at Benfica for several years.

Boto, speaking to Record, said: “I&aposm not surprised that all the big European clubs are paying attention, Benfica could earn a lot of money in the future with his sale. There&aposs no doubt in my mind that, regardless of Benfica&aposs season, he&aposll be worth a lot at the end of the year.