Two days ago, The Telegraph published a story saying Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the Benfica starlet João Neves, better known as Jota.
The story claimed that Gunners and Spurs are both monitoring the player, while the Reds would join the race in case of his departure from Portugal.
A day earlier, we’d covered claims from Portuguese newspaper A Bola, which said Tottenham were considering paying the player’s €30m clause before it rises, Liverpool were also mentioned that day in the country’s media.
Now as outlet O Jogo covers the reports, they actually bring some interesting additional information to the story, showing these clubs have indeed been following the youngster.
They say Tottenham officials were at at Estádio da Luz watching Benfica’s last Europa League game against Dinamo Zagreb, when Jota made his first official appearance.
It’s also claimed that Arsenal and Liverpool ‘regularly have scouts’ at Benfica’s games, especially the London side, which means they should soon see the player.
Regarding Jota’s €30m release clause, which the Telegraph says is his current his tag price, O Jogo claims that Benfica have been trying to raise that amount by giving the player a new contract, but they haven’t been successful so far.
Right now this feels like claims being passed between Portugal and England, without credit being given. Therefore, the most important report would be the first… and Spurs would still be pondering the €30m.