This week, reports from the English media claimed that Arsenal and Liverpool are both on the lookout to sign João Neves from Benfica.

It’s been said that the Gunners and Reds sent scouts to Lisbon on Sunday and were impressed with his performance in the derby against Sporting.

Portuguese newspaper Record today shares a story about that, and brings a message for Arsenal and Liverpool.

The outlet makes it clear that Benfica do not have any intention to let Neves go so soon, and actually plan to hold him ‘at least’ until the end of the 2024/25 season.

In case Arsenal, Liverpool or any other interested club want to sign him before that, then they have the option of triggering the youngster’s €120m release clause.

Benfica may be bluffing and willing to negotiate for something close to the clause, but still, that shows it won’t be easy to take him from the Eagles.

The youngster has been impressing this season and this week the local media has been having countless stories about his recent success at the club.