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As Newcastle, PSG and Man United lurk, Benfica name their price for Gonçalo Ramos

Benfica sporting director Rui Costa admits that if an offer of around €80M is forthcoming, then it would be difficult to retain the striker.

Benfica's Portuguese forward Goncalo Ramos celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between SL Benfica and Club Brugge at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on March 7, 2023. (Photo by CARLOS COSTA / AFP)
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Benfica striker Gonçalo Ramos is one of the players generating interest among the big clubs in Europe. The Portuguese forward enjoyed a spectacular 2022-2023 season, winning the domestic league and his performances at the World Cup, thrust him into the spotlight as one of the most promising strikers in European football.

A series of offers have arrived at the Lisbon based club but at yet, none meet the demands of Benfica’s board, but according to reports in local outlet Correio da Manha, Rui Costa is convinced that the interested clubs will increase their bids for Ramos’ signature. Manchester United, PSG and Newcastle are three of the clubs in the race to sign the Portuguese international.

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Goncalo Ramos of Portugal JOSE SENA GOULAOEFE

Benfica’s coach, Roger Schmidt, has admitted in public and in private that he is counting on having Gonçalo Ramos in the 2023/24 squad but Rui Costa has let him know that if an offer of around €80M arrives it would be difficult for the Eagles to say no. In the meantime, Benfica are looking for potential substitutes with Danish player Højlund from Atalanta on the radar of the Lisbon giants.