Jorge Mendes Could Make €36 Million On Joao Felix Transfer To Atletico Madrid

Joao Felix looks set to make a €120 million move to Atletico Madrid and that will earn super agent Jorge Mendes a huge €36 million payout.

There's few players as wanted in football right now than Joao Felix, with the young Portuguese forward linked with a move from Benfica to all of Europe's biggest and wealthiest teams.

Spanish newspaper MARCA claim that Atletico Madrid have won the race to sign the teenager, claiming the move is imminent.

Atleti will have to pay the Benfica players €120 million transfer release clause and, according to Portuguese outlet Record via La Sexta, super agent Jorge Mendes, who represents the youngster, is in line to make 30% of the fee, €36 million.

Felix could be on his way to Madrid. Image: PA Images
Felix could be on his way to Madrid. Image: PA Images

Manchester City, Manchester United, PSG and Real Madrid are amongst those that have previously been linked with a move for Felix.

Despite being just 19 years old the Benfica forward, dubbed the 'new Ronaldo' by some, scored 15 goals and assisted seven more in the Primeira Liga last season as the club finished top of the table, beating Porto by two points.

His form at club level earned him a first call up to the senior international team for the UEFA Nations League on home soil and he won his first cap as a substitute in the semi final against Switzerland.

The signing will be seen as a huge coup for Atletico, especially with Diego Simeone's team losing some of its most senior players this summer.

Antoine Griezmann has already revealed he'll be leaving the club in the transfer window, although a move is yet to materialise, whilst Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin and Juanfran have already left.

Signing Felix will see Atleti destroy their previous transfer record. Last summer Thomas Lemar cost them €70 million from Monaco, with Diego Costa's return from Chelsea currently second, costing them €66 million.

Jorge Mendes showing a young Cristiano Ronaldo how much money he'll make him. Image: PA Images
Jorge Mendes showing a young Cristiano Ronaldo how much money he'll make him. Image: PA Images

Mendes is not exactly new to big transfers having overseen Cristiano Ronaldo's moves to Real Madrid and Juventus, representing Jose Mourinho for a number of years and having close connections to Wolves during their current resurgence.

Whether he is doing what's best for Felix's career remains to be seen but it could be a huge move for Atletico Madrid.

Do you think Felix should go to Atleti or somewhere else?

Ryan Sidle

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