For the past few days, several outlets from England and Portugal have been reporting Manchester City’s interest in Benfica midfielder Florentino.
The 19-year-old made his debut for the Eagles last season, and his few appearances got a lot of attention from the transfer market this year.
Now Calcio Mercato managed to interview Florentino’s agent, Bruno Carvalho. Their focus was actually another one of their clients, Francisco Trincão. But since they were already speaking to the official, they asked about Manchester City’s interest in the Benfica player.
“Florentino will be the best 6 in the world,” Bruno Carvalho told Calcio Mercato. “I know there are a lot of teams involved, but we have, together with Benfica, the plan to stay in Portugal, play even more in the first team and get to the national team and then maybe think about a future transfer, but not now.”
It would be difficult to take Florentino from Benfica now, since he’s currently protected by a €60m release clause. Several reports from Portugal says the Eagles plan to hold their starlets for next season.
At the end of May, newspaper Correio da Manhã reported Manchester City even made contact for the signing of Florentino, but no agreement was found.