Manchester United are ready to splash out £250 million in the summer in order to strengthen their squad.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has demanded the club's scouts to keep close eyes on Joao Felix, Ruben Dias and Bruno Fernandes as he aims to recruit them in the summer. Felix, 19, and Dias, 21, are under contract with Benfica but Fernandes plays for Sporting Lisbon and all are seriously being considered by Solskjaer. Felix’s release clause is £105m, while his Benfica team-mate Dias is valued at around £50m.
Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira has ruled out possible exits of the valuable players.
"I am happy that all of Europe is talking about Benfica’s talents. Now it is clear that our project of betting on young players is bearing the desired results. Joao Felix the next Ronaldo? There is only one sure thing: Felix is one of the best talents produced by Portuguese footballer since Ronaldo. Juventus and Real Madrid’s interest in him? Ask them,’ Vieira told Tuttosport.
"At this moment we are not interested in selling him and soon we will increase the release clause in his contract. ‘Joao has an incredible technique, he is fast and also very intelligent. He is a good person, he shows that he has important values that make me very proud." he added.
If Man United are serious about buying these youngsters, they will have to face competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona who are interested too.