Manchester United have reportedly opened talks over sealing the transfer of the Portuguese wonderkid, with the club ready to pay his £105million release clause.
Manchester United will have to make Joao Felix the most expensive player in their history if they want to bring him to Old Trafford this summer. Benfica have set an initial valuation of £150m for their prize asset amid interest from Europe’s leading clubs.
The Red Devils suffered a very disappointing season as they failed to make the top four. This, therefore, calls for urgent attention especially regarding bringing in new players.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had expressed disappointment in some of his players over their inability to show deserved commitment and sacrifice for the club.
He, therefore, hinted that there will be a total overhaul in the summer transfer window. The United manager’s hopes are fading over an £80m deal for Jadon Sancho, while Matthijs de Ligt is also look out of reach.
Top target Sancho looks set to stay at Borussia Dortmund, despite United being prepared to make him the most expensive English player of all time.
Felix has been in sublime form this season.
Felix is one of Europe’s most highly-rated youngsters having scored 20 goals and adding 11 assists in 43 appearances this season – including an impressive hat-trick in the Europa League quarter-final.
The 19-year-old has been linked with United for some time but is not expected to be a cheap signing, with rumors of his release clause standing at €120m (£105m).
Atlético Madrid are also claimed to be monitoring Félix’s future as they prepare for life without Antoine Griezmann, although Los Rojiblancos are believed to be keeping a closer eye on Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi.
So, it’ll be interesting to see if Manchester United can splash this huge sum of money on the wonderkid, with time and options running out, it looks certain.
With Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial not performing, a signing like Felix could be ideal to breathe new life into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attack for next season and beyond. Fans are also hoping to see marquee names added to a squad that failed to secure Champions League football for the third time in six years.