We’ve always knew that it would be reported sooner or later, and today, the Portuguese media finally claims that Benfica can’t afford to buy Matteo Darmian from Manchester United.
Newspaper O Jogo writes a story to say the player would only arrive on a loan deal, as the €17m demanded by the Red Devils for a permanent transfer would be too much.
As the Premier League side are not looking to give any discount, the outlet doesn’t even consider the possibility of a loan and an option to buy.
O Jogo actually doesn’t bring any big updates on the negotiations between Benfica and Manchester United, and that’s why the story isn’t exactly highlighted in the Eagles’ pages.
Benfica are looking for a second option for the right-back position. They only have André Almeida and need someone to compete with him. That’s why they won’t make a heavy investment for such a player.
Once again, the Portuguese media completely ignores that the Manchester United player has been linked to several Italian clubs, who could provide big, and maybe impossible, competition to Benfica.