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Manchester City and Arsenal in the ‘front row’ to sign €60m Benfica super-talent – report


Manchester City are among the front-runners to sign Benfica wonderkid João Félix, a youngster attracting widespread interest, according to the cover story of Friday’s A Bola.

Félix, who another Portuguese newspaper O Jogo recently confirmed City are scouting, became the youngest player to score in Portugal’s Liga2 for Benfica B, the second team of Benfica where the attacking midfielder has played most of his football so far.

And despite only being 18, Félix has already been capped four times at under-21 level by Portugal, scoring two goals.

Félix is considered one of Portuguese football’s finest talents and along with Manchester City, Arsenal, AC Milan, Monaco, Hamburg and Borussia Monchengladbach are considered teams in the ‘front row’ to sign him.

The teenager signed a new contract at the end of 2017 until 2022 which included a €60million (£52.7million) release clause, a figure none of the mentioned clubs seem likely to pay for a youngster yet to really step up to Benfica’s first team.

Despite his prohibitive release clause – and the top Portuguese sides are often known to hold out for top dollar – it is claimed by A Bola that the Jorge Mendes client will be hard to keep hold of, and clubs may try to negotiate a more reasonable fee.

Gestifute, Mendes’ agency, were involved in the transfer of Ederson to Manchester City from Benfica last summer, and could again be involved in a big deal – but will it be the Etihad Stadium where the young prodigy eventually finds himself at?

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