Felix shines in debut season
Joao Felix is a product of Benfica’s youth system.
He played 29 games for Benfica’s B-team, in which he scored seven and assisted five.
The 19-year-old would then be promoted to Benfica’s senior side for the 2018/19 campaign.
During this past season, Felix would emerge as one of the brightest young prospects in European football.
Felix played 43 games across all competitions for Benfica. In those 43 games, he would score 20 and assist 11.
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Man City offer €6m-per-season
As a result of his superb debut season, Felix has been attracting the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid are just three of the teams said to be interested in the youngster.
However, Portuguese outlet Record have on Sunday the 9th of June reported that Man City have offered Felix a contract worth a staggering €6m-a-year.
Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira previously conceded that the only way Felix may be at Benfica next year is if the club sell him, and he immediately returns on loan:
Vieira also admitted that it would be tough for Benfica to compete with a club who offer Felix €6m-per-year:
“We sit down with players and they say ‘president, I can earn €5million, president, do not make me stay here.’
“Joao Felix had a release clause of €60m and we realised after two or three games that we must increase it to €120m. But it is Joao Felix and his family who will decide if he stays.
“If someone bids €120m it is not worth dreaming that he will stay.
“We are trying everything to ensure he stays. But the only way is if we sell him and keep him another year. 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 €6m after tax?” As quoted by the Manchester Evening News.