Yesterday, we covered a story from Portuguese newspaper O Jogo which reported Liverpool’s admiration for the Benfica youngster David Tavares.

After facing the player in a friendly, Reds staff became impressed with his potential, and even though they didn’t make contacts for a signing, that could be a sign of a future attempt.

Now it’s time to pretend to be shocked, because O Jogo is already reporting Benfica’s wish to protect the player with a new contract.

According to the newspaper today, the Eagles’ intention is to renew the deal ‘at least’ until 2024, making his release clause €100m or even €120m.

O Jogo highlights that Tavares has already ‘conquered the attention’ of clubs like Liverpool, which is probably the main reason why Benfica would move so quickly to give him a new deal.

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O Jogo managed to speak to João Tralhão, who used to be Tavares’ manager at Benfica’s academy. He’s spoken a little about the player’s qualities, saying he can show up at both ends of the pitch.

“David is a fighter by nature and will never give up on reaching the goal of playing for Benfica’s first team. He has technique, is very talented, offers many recoveries, he’s a box to box.

“His head is in Benfica, but it’s always comforting to be recognised by the European champions,” said the coach.