Benfica midfielder Florentino Luís is turning 20 today, and in a story where A Bola talks about his path with the Eagles, Manchester City get a couple of mentions.
The Premier League side have been linked with him for a while now, and although things have cooled down since he’s signed a new contract for the Portuguese club back in June.
A Bola writes that Benfica’s intention was to protect themselves from the interest from Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain, and that’s why they decided to double Florentino’s release clause from €60m to €120m.
They say that Manchester City had a shortlist of five midfielders they could sign, with Florentino and Rodri being two of them. They ended up choosing the Spaniard.
It’s claimed that Benfica’s plan is to enjoy having Florentino playing for them this season, especially because he’ll be worth more next summer. The plan would be to sell him for the same amount as João Félix, who joined Atletico Madrid on a €120m deal.