MANCHESTER UNITED are poised to go make another move for Benfica defender Ruben Dias – but may now have to pay £80million to sign him.
The Old Trafford giants were hoping to sign the Portuguese star, 22, in the summer, but missed out on a deal.
Now Benfica are poised to offer him a new contract in a bid to raise his release clause drastically, taking it from £60m to £80m.
Wolves, Juventus and Atletico Madrid were three other clubs circling the defender in the summer.
Benfica are desperate to keep their star man at the club – and want him to follow in club legend Luisao’s footsteps and stay for his entire career.
The Primeira Liga giants are willing to pay him big money in a new deal in a bid to tempt him to stay.
But they know the lure of a European giant like Man Utd could be tough to resist.
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Benfica are now set to raise his release clause as a contingency plan, despite only handing Dias a new contract last season.
One big reason for the proposed new deal is down this summer’s transfer of Harry Maguire.
The former Leicester man joined United in an £85m deal earlier this year, breaking the world-record fee for a defender – previously the £75m Liverpool spent on Virgil van Dijk.
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Benfica believe Dias has the potential to be as good, if not better, than Maguire and now won’t accept less than £80m for him.
The Portuguese side are also considering making him club captain in a bid to keep him on the books.
Dias is currently away on international duty preparing for Portgual’s Euro 202 qualifiers against Ukraine and Luxembourg.
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