NEWS
Friday May 17 2019
Atletico Madrid 'dreaming' of Benfica star Joao Felix

Atletico Madrid are dreaming of Benfica star Joao Felix and believes he can replace the outgoing Antoine Griezmann, according to Marca.

Felix, 19, has risen to prominence for the Lisbon-based giants this season and has netted 19 goals for the club, who now lead the Portuguese top-flight.

The player’s contract at the Lisbon-based giants contains a €120m release clause on a contract through until 2023 although previous reports have claimed Benfica are trying to move this up to €200m with a new deal.

However, his current clause is the same figure as Griezmann’s and it is claimed that the funds raised from the Frenchman’s sale will be directed towards his recruitment.

Felix has netted in two Lisbon derbies against Sporting CP this season and also scored against FC Porto in a key title clash in January.

That has led to the attack-minded midfielder being labelled as ‘the next Cristiano Ronaldo’ while Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United have also scouted the player.

The player is said to be versatile and can operate in a number of attacking positions, while he starred in the UEFA Youth League semi-finals in 2016-17 against Real Madrid.

Football Italia website