It is no secret by this point that Barcelona will enter the market for a new defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window.
Even though Oriol Romeu arrived last summer, the Catalan giants feel the need to reinforce the position further, more so considering that the veteran Spaniard’s form has already dipped quite a bit.
As such, the sporting staff is already looking at several options for the position, with names like Wilfred Ndidi, Gabriel Moscardo, and Arthur Vermeeren being monitored.
Florentino Luis also on Barça’s agenda
Now, according to SPORT, Barcelona also have their sights set on SL Benfica midfield enforcer Florentino Luis.
The 24-year-old Portuguese ace is regarded very highly in his homeland and caught the eye of a number of top clubs after his impressive displays in midfield during last season’s UEFA Champions League.
Barça, too, have taken note of the defensive midfielder’s qualities and are seeing him as an option for the summer of 2024.
Florentino Luis did not have the best start to the current season and was finding minutes hard to come by. But he is starting to gain prominence at Benfica again in recent weeks, which could make a transfer complicated.
Florentino Luis on Barcelona’s radars. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)
€120 million release clause
The report goes on to state that Florentino Luis’ contract with Benfica, which runs until the summer of 2027, comes with a massive release clause worth €120 million.
However, Barcelona believe that they can negotiate a lower price with the Portuguese heavyweights and get the 24-year-old for a fee worth around €40 million.
Benfica, though, have a reputation for getting big money for their assets and given Barça’s financial conditions, a move for Florentino Luis could be difficult to pull off.
Source link : https://barcauniversal.com/barcelona-weighing-up-e40-million-summer-swoop-for-portuguese-midfield-enforcer/
Author : Michel Durant
Publish date : 2023-11-06 17:20:14
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