Liverpool told to break the bank to sign South American attacker

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Benfica has reportedly informed Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester United that Carlos Vinicius will not be allowed to depart from the club for anything less than his €100m (£87.7m) release clause.

The 25-year-old has been in stunning form at club level during the 2019-20 season, founding back of the net 20 times and providing 12 assists in 36 games in all competitions.

A recent report suggested that both Liverpool and Man Utd were keeping tabs on the attacker ahead of potential moves when the transfer window will be re-opened in the summer.

However, according to The Mirror, Portuguese giants Benfica have told the English pair that offers of less than the Brazilian’s buy-out figure will be swiftly turned down.

Vinicius, who is also believed to be interesting Wolverhampton Wanderers, joined the Eagles from Serie A giants Napoli last summer after loan spells with AS Monaco and Rio Ave.

The South American’s existing deal at the Estadio da Luz is due to run until June 2024.

Liverpool and Manchester United eyeing a summer move for another Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho who has been tipped to depart from Barcelona after only 18 months at the club.