Man United suffer another setback in Joao Felix transfer pursuit as their colossal bid worth £100m is set to be turned down by Benfica.
The 19-year-old is a top target for some of the biggest clubs in Europe after a stellar showing in his breakout season.
🗣 João Félix on his first training session with Cristiano Ronaldo: "He looked like a video game character, it was very strange. I had never seen him up close, when I got home I told my parents and friends it was like being on 'career mode' on the playstation.” pic.twitter.com/ARQS9Ng5nw
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) May 25, 2019
The youngster signed a 5-year contract with Benfica only last year with the club adding a mammoth £105m release clause to fend off potential suitors.
United are ready to trigger his release clause but not in one go according to Portuguese outlet Correio da Manha
According to the report, The Red Devils are willing to pay £80m upfront and the rest with additional clauses which would eventually see the fee rise in excess of £105m.
United are willing to sell two of their top stars to clear up funds for Felix but Benfica president Luis Filipe Viera has no intentions of accepting.
Viera is aware of United’s interest in the Portuguese but he is not willing to give them any concessions in regard to his £105m release clause upfront.
Benfica’s executive manager Domingos Soares de Oliveira rallied the same sentiment in an earlier interview warning any interested parties to not even think about signing Felix below his release clause.
“The goal is to keep the squad. If someone hits 100 million for Felix, the intention is not to sell.”
“100 million is a lot of money, there has never been a player sold for that amount in Portugal, but the goal is to win on the pitch and we will do everything in that direction. Today, if they do not beat the 120 million, the player stays.” he told TVI24 (via Record )
Adding further impetus to his warning, de Oliveira said.
“I think the president still has the intention of reviewing, but on the other side there is the player, the entrepreneur, the family. What we have is to anticipate, looking at the potential of the player, as long as we can persuade the other party.
“There are talks and rumours, it is true that the biggest European clubs have expectations, but no proposal has come to us.”