Bruno Fernandes has given the thumbs up to Manchester United to complete a deal for Benfica starlet Joao Neves.
The Red Devils have already been linked with a move for the Portuguese midfielder ahead of the January transfer window. United scouts have already been keeping a close eye on the 19-year-old this season.
It was suggested that they scouted him earlier this month as Benfica took on fierce rivals Sporting Lisbon - Neves doing his chances of a move no harm after scoring a last-minute equaliser. Now, United captain Fernandes has given his approval to a move for his Portugal team-mate.
"It has to be the Man United coach who says whether he has a place or not,” Fernandes told Sport TV while on international duty. “He's a great player, I don't know if he would have a place or not. It depends on the coach and his ideas.
“But he's an excellent player and an excellent kid, very professional, You will have a bright future wherever you go. I would really like to have him by my side. Because he has quality and will have a bright future. It depends on him. What I want most is the best for him."
After making his breakthrough into the Benfica first-team, Neves has gone on to make 38 appearances for the Portuguese giants. He has scored twice for the club.
Neves has just under five years remaining on his contract at the Estadio da Luz. The youngster has already spoken out on his affection for his current club.
Speaking to Benfica’s official website, he said: "This passion has expanded over the years, due to everything that Benfica has given me as a person and a player. I owe everything to Benfica, Benfica owes me nothing. I just have to thank and I thank you by giving everything I have something to give, being a better player andRead on m.allfootballapp.com