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According to The Sun, Silva is being pursued by Chelsea, who view the 20-year-old as a potential building block at the back. They have been scouting him for a few weeks after seeing him in Benfica’s 3-0 victory over Famalicao on Friday, but Sir Jim Ratcliffe of United also sees him as a target.
But Chelsea has already started negotiations with the Portuguese team in the hopes of beating United and Liverpool to the signing of Silva. The Blues were informed that they would need to fulfil Armando Broja’s £87 million release clause in order to get him to go after their offer of £52 million and Broja was turned down.
With three and a half years remaining on his Benfica contract, the Portugal international gives the Portuguese club a great opportunity to force Chelsea to pay another enticing amount in the January transfer window, following their £1 billion+ in transfers since Todd Boehly and company arrived at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Silva of Benfica is a target for Manchester United and Chelsea. (Photo courtesy of Getty)
Benfica manager Roger Schmidt issued a similar warning to would-be suitors, stating that a trade cannot be completed unless the club’s release clause is activated. When asked about Silva and midfielder Joao Neves, he responded during a news conference, “I talk to them every day, all of them.”
“With Benfica, we have big goals as we are in the middle of the season. These players are important to us and don’t want to go, so of course we won’t let them go. There is no doubt about that.