Joao Neves only made his breakthrough with the Portuguese giants last season, but quickly established himself as a key player at the heart of Benfica’s midfield.
The 19-year-old put in an excellent performance against Sporting in Benfica’s home comeback on Sunday, leaving Arsenal thoroughly convinced. Record newspaper confirmed that the Gunners were very impressed with Neves’ performance in the Lisbon derby
Against Sporting, Neves had a passing accuracy of 90% and won 14 disputes Double hand throughout the match. The Portuguese player also made 7 tackles and 4 interceptions. On the offensive side, he made two dangerous crosses into the penalty area and scored the winning goal 2-1 in stoppage time.
Neves has all the qualities to become a world-class midfielder in the future. And it wouldn’t be surprising if Arsenal made a bid to get his signature. The difficulty for them is that Benfica wants to keep Neves for another 18 months. If the Gunners want to sign him in January or next summer, they need to activate the €120 million release clause in his contract.
Minh Tuan | 03:56 November 15, 2023