It's happening. Benfica have released an official statement announcing they have received a €126 million offer from Atlético Madrid for João Félix.
The 19-year-old, who scored 15 goals in the Primeira Liga last season, has been linked with numerous clubs in recent months, including Real Madrid and PSG.
But it now looks like he'll play under Diego Simeone next season after Benfica released the following statement.
Benfica officially confirming that Atlético Madrid have bought young superstar João Félix for €126million. The news record buy for Atlético Madrid by an absolute landslide pic.twitter.com/U45KEWcguK
- Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) June 26, 2019
Félix has a €120 million release clause but the above offer is divided in installments and therefore doesn't trigger the clause, according to reports.
If the deal goes ahead, he will become the fourth most expensive player ever.
This is why all the big clubs are fighting over João Félix. :fire:
:movie_camera: @slbenfica_en pic.twitter.com/EyMDP3TbGD
- Football Showboats (@FootyShowboats) June 22, 2019
Reports also suggest that Feix's agent Jorge Mendes is in line to make 30% of the fee.
The news comes after Spanish newspaper MARCA claimed that Atletico Madrid have won the race to sign the teenager, claiming the move is imminent.
Atleti will smash their previous transfer record if the signing of Felix is completed.
Joao Félix. 19 years old, one season of top flight football, and about to become the 4th most expensive footballer of all time.
(chart from today's @marca) pic.twitter.com/8B6BxlMnys
- The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) June 19, 2019
Talk about replacing superstars before they leave. #AtleticoMadrid have signed Joao #Felix well before Antoine Griezmann leaves for about a similar fee as they'd get out of the Frenchman's sale.
Exceptional business. The lad will learn a lot under Diego Simeone.
- Kaustubh Pandey (@Kaus_Pandey17) June 26, 2019
Thomas Lemar cost them a cool €70 million from Monaco, but this is different levels.
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