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.

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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.