Benfica Confirm €126m Atletico Bid for Joao Felix

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Benfica have confirmed that a €126 million (£113m/$143m) bid has been made for star forward Joao Felix by Atletico Madrid.

The Spanish side are looking to rebuild after a number of big-name players, including Antoine Griezmann, confirmed they would be leaving the club this summer, and 19-year-old Felix, who has been compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, is clearly part of the club’s plan moving forward.

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Benfica have made clear in a statement released on Wednesday evening that they are considering the offer, but that nothing had yet been accepted.

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Though the bid is in excess of Felix’s €120m release clause, Atletico’s insistence that the fee is paid over installments means that Benfica are within their rights to reject the offer.

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Felix has impressed in his native Portugal, scoring 15 goals and registering nine assists in just 26 league appearances last season, drawing interest from around Europe.

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