Scouts from 11 English clubs – including Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs – were sent to watch Tuesday’s Champions League clash between Benfica and Besiktas, the Daily Mail report.
Representatives from Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Southampton, West Ham, West Brom and Aston Villa were also in attendance at the Estadio da Luz, where the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in their Group B opener.
The Mail claim the scouts were there to keep tabs on four Benfica players who are attracting interest – Victor Lindelof, Alex Grimaldo, Eduardo Salvio and Goncalo Guedes.
Benfica looked set for victory for the most part, having taken a 12th minute lead when Argentine Franco Cervi pounced on a goalkeeping error to tap home.
Three minutes into stoppage time Anderson Talisca, the Brazilian midfielder on loan at Besiktas from Benfica, stepped up to fire home a sumptuous free-kick to hand the Turkish side a share of the spoils.