Official: Atletico Madrid sign 19-year-old Joao Felix for €126 million

A bright future for both Felix and Atletico

Atletico Madrid have announced the signing of 19-year-old sensation Joao Felix, with his former club Benfica confirming that the player cost €126 million.

Joao Felix took the world by storm last season while at Portuguese giants Benfica.

The attacking midfielder scored a very impressive 20 goals and assisted 11 in the campaign.

During that time, he won the Liga NOS title, and was also part of the Portugal side which triumphed at the Nations League.

Now, he’s set to take on a new challenge, after joining Atletico Madrid for €126 million.

MADRID, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 16: Fans attend a firework show after the La Liga match between Club Atletico Madrid and Malaga CF at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on September 16, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Is Joao Felix worth £126 million?

Felix’s move to the Wanda Metropolitano was confirmed on Wednesday, after Atletico found an agreement with Benfica for his signature.

A statement on the club’s website explained: ‘João Félix is now an Atlético de Madrid player. Our club and Benfica have reached an agreement over the transfer of the young Portuguese footballer.

‘The forward has already passed his medical at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra and signed his new contract for the next seven seasons.’

While there is no mention about the fee in Atleti’s statement, Benfica’s press release doesn’t hold back.

The Portuguese giants reveal that Atletico will pay an initial €30 million, with a further €96 million coming in instalments.

That fee makes Felix the fifth most expensive player in football history.

Only Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele cost more.

While questions will be asked regarding whether Felix is worth that stunning fee, should he fulfil his potential, there’s no telling what the 19-year-old could achieve.

Official: Manchester City trigger Rodri’s release clause

While Joao Felix may be joining, one key player will leave Atletico imminently.

Midfielder Rodri is set to join Manchester City, after they triggered his release clause.

Click here to find out more about Rodri’s move to the Etihad.

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