Manchester United, Wolves told top scorer will cost £88m

Manchester United and Wolves will have to match the release clause in the contract of Carlos Vinicius to sign the Benfica forward.

Vinicius has emerged as a Manchester United target this year after leading the scoring charts in the Portuguese top flight with 15 goals.

But despite reports of a possible £35m bid, Benfica are likely to stand firm and demand his full £88m release clause.

The Daily Mirror says both Manchester United and Wolves have been ‘told’ that Vinicius ‘cannot leave for anything less’, with Benfica holding all the cards due to a four-year contract.

Wolves could hold the advantage in negotiations as Vinicius is represented by Jorge Mendes, but ‘sources’ close to the club believe they ‘are not now expected to break the bank’ after the global pandemic.

The 25-year-old only moved back to Portugal last summer after spending 18 months on the books of Serie A side Napoli.

Vinicius did not make a single appearance for the Italian club but loan spells with Rio Ave and Monaco persuaded Benfica to part with around £15m to sign him.

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Manager Bruno Lage would prefer to keep the forward, if his recent public comments are to be believed.

“He is the right man to lead Benfica for many years”, he said.

“He is the man who has brought joy to Benfica fans. We are happy with him and he is happy with us. That is what matters.”

Manchester United, meanwhile, face competition from Liverpool to sign Wolves striker Raul Jimenez.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lost that same fight to the Reds when it comes to Timo Werner, however.

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