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Benfica turn down bid and reiterate huge asking price for Liverpool and Man Utd target Carlos Vinicius

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Carlos Vinicius is going to be very expensive for any potential buyer (Picture: Getty Images)

Benfica have turned down a substantial bid for striker Carlos Vinicius as they stick to their guns and insist that the striker is worth €100m (£89m).

The striker has been linked with both Manchester United and Liverpool this summer after a fine season with Benfica in the Portuguese top flight.

After arriving from Napoli last year, the Brazilian has scored 15 league goals in just 22 games, starting only 14 of those matches.

Benfica may have only paid around £15m for the striker last year, but they are insisting that he is now worth close to four times that amount after his impressive campaign so far.

Club president Luis Filipe Vieira says that he has rejected an offer of over £50m for the forward and will not be letting him go for any less than his enormous release clause.

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Vieira also believes that he would have received a bid of the £89m he is asking if it wasn’t for the economic uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis.

‘I received an offer of €60m (£53.45m) for Vinicius and did not sell. He is priced at €100m,’ the president told BTV, via the Liverpool Echo.

‘If it weren’t for the pandemic, Benfica would have had two players sold for €100m each.’

Wolves had also been credited with an interest in Carlos Vinicius, with the player represented by Jorge Mendes who has close links with the Premier League side, also representing Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota, Rui Patricio, Daniel Podence, Pedro Neto and Joao Moutinho.

However, Wolves, just like Liverpool and Man Utd will not be paying £89m for the 25-year-old this summer.

United’s interest in signing another centre forward has now also cooled thanks to agreeing an extension to their loan deal for Odion Ighalo.

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