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Manchester United Given Hope In Joao Felix Pursuit By Benfica President's Statement

Manchester United Given Hope In Joao Felix Pursuit By Benfica President's Statement

Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Joao Felix as Benfica club president has stated 'it is not worth dreaming' he will stay if a big bid comes in.

Express Sport believe that Felix is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's radar as the Norwegian plans for a massive summer overhaul at Old Trafford.

The 19 year old has enjoyed a breakout year for Benfica, scoring 15 goals and assisting nine times.

One highlight included a hat-trick in the Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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He also made his Portugal debut in their 3-1 victory over Switzerland in the Nations League on Wednesday night.

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Should United want to make a bid for the teenager, only personal terms would stand in their way according to Benfica's president.

Per Express Sport, Luis Filipe Vieira has told club members that,

"We sit down with players and they say: 'President, I can earn five million euros, president, do not make me stay here,'

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"Joao Felix had a release clause of £53.4m (£60m) and we realised after two or three games that we must increase it to £107m (£120m).

"But it is Joao Felix and his family who will decide if he stays. If someone bids £107m (€120m) it is not worth dreaming that he will stay."

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Benfica's president also went on to say,

"We are trying everything to ensure he stays. But the only way is if we sell him and keep him another year.

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"If not, Joao leaves. There is no room to negotiate further. He doesn't want to.

"How will Benfica negotiate with someone after he is given a proposal of £5.34m (€6m) after tax?"

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

Felix has also interested a variety of European heavyweights including United's rivals Manchester City.

If the Portuguese sensation does leave this summer, it will surely be for a huge sum no matter where he goes.

Where do you think Joao Felix will be playing next season? Let us know in the comments below.

Topics: Manchester City, United, Manchester United, Nations League, city, Portugal, João Félix

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Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.