Fiorentina Target Beltran Plays Coy Amid Benfica Links

River Plate sensation Lucas Beltran has grown leaps and bounds in recent months, drawing an initial proposal from Fiorentina’s end just last week. However, the 22-year-old, who is also on the radar of Milan, has dismissed any knowing of a potential exit.

“I’ve heard the rumors about me but I still don’t know anything. I’m calm and concentrated on the matches I have to play with River, trying to maintain serenity and talking to coach Martin Demichelis. I don’t know anything about my future right now, so I can’t answer.” (via ViolaNews)

As per latest information from Argentina (via TyCSport), Portuguese giants Benfica are eyeing Beltran to man the frontline following reports of Goncalo Ramos’ potential exit to Paris Saint-Germain. Benfica would wish to leverage their amicable relationship with River Plate, having lured record Chelsea signing Enzo Fernandez from Los Millonarios last June.

However, at the same time, Fiorentina expect a negative answer soon from the Argentine giants to their low-balled offer of €15M. His release clause stands at €20M currently and will rise to €25M in the final week of the Argentine transfer market.

The Viola have Inter, Milan, Atletico Madrid and Benfica as direct competition in the race to sign Beltran, who is expected to draw more suitors in the coming weeks before the transfer window comes to a close.

Our Take on Beltran exit links

With an August 31 transfer market deadline in Europe, clubs are scouring away in search of a worthy marksman, and Beltran is bound to find himself playing sooner rather than later across this side of the pond. However, any interested club will need to act quickly to beat the competition to sign the striker who possesses an Italian passport.

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