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Benfica president believes Man Utd can trigger star defender’s €66m release clause

Benfica president Luis Felipe Viera is set to offer defender Ruben Dias a new contract, in order to increase the Portuguese youngster’s release clause.

A report in the Record, translated by Sport Witness, states that Dias’ release clause is set to increase from €66m to €88m in a new deal. This is to warn off European giants, including Manchester United, away from the 22-year-old’s signature.

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Club president Viera believes Man Utd, Athletico Madrid and Juventus could all trigger Dias’ current release clause.

Dias made 55 appearances for Benfica last season (who scored), and has earned plaudits for excellent performances in the recent Nations League in Portugal in which his side prevailed as champions after victories over Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Many Man Utd fans see Dias as an ideal signing in an area that United must strengthen this summer. Despite an increase in the player’s release clause, Dias could still act as a cheaper option to rumoured targets Kalidou Koulibaly and Mathjis De Ligt, who would both likely command even higher transfer fees.

 

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