Benfica announce Joao Felix's transfer to Atletico Madrid
Benfica have announced that the talented 19-year-old, Joao Felix, will be joining Atletico Madrid in a deal that is worth around £107.3 million, as the Spanish side triggered his buy-out clause on Wednesday.
Joao Felix had a wonderful breakout season in Benfica's first-team, scoring 15 goals and providing seven assists in just 26 Liga NOS appearances, making him the highest-scoring teenager in the whole league.
The Portuguese international attracted interest from both Manchester clubs, but they were both unwilling to pay the massive amounts of money listed in his current contract at Benfica, and the Portuguese side were clearly wanting more than what they were offering.
Atletico Madrid were the ones that prevailed at the end of the day, as they managed to trigger the release clause, allowing them to get the attacker for a whopping £107.3 million. Whilst he will be a direct replacement for the outgoing Antoine Griezmann, it is still a hefty price to pay for such an inexperienced player, but on the other hand it shows how sought after his qualities are in European football.
The right signing for Atletico Madrid, or should they have gone for someone cheaper? Only time will tell.