Manchester United have suffered a major setback in Joao Felix’s transfer pursuit as Benfica will stand firm to keep hold of the teenager.
Felix who has been a revelation for Benfica in his breakthrough season has either scored or created 31 goals in 43 appearances with a hattrick in the Europa League semifinals against Eintracht Frankfurt being the highlight of his stellar campaign.
Such impressive numbers at such an early age have earned him a spot in Portugal’s national team for the UEFA Nations League finals next month.
Man United are said to be ready to battle neighbours Man City for the 19-year-old as they look to sign young hungry players in the summer.
One significant issue in the pursuit will surely be the asking fee Benfica will demand for their prized asset as they look to be standing firm on Felix’s £105m release clause.
Benfica’s executive manager Domingos Soares de Oliveira has warned potential suitors to even think regarding 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.”
So do you think Ed Woodward will pay such an astronomical fee for the Portuguese?