Sunday June 9 2019
Joao Felix departure from Benifica is 'inevitable'

Benfica club president Luis Felipe Vieira has confirmed he expects rising star Joao Felix to leave this summer, according to the Daily Mail

Felix, 19, has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe's top leagues, including Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Manchester City after a outstanding breakthrough season with the Portuguese champions. 

15 league goals from 26 games has made him one of the hottest properties in this summer's transfer market, and he confirmed that a decision will be made following his participation in the UEFA Nations League with Portugal.

However, Vieira believes the writing is already on the wall for Felix.

"If a player comes to me and says they can earn €5m elsewhere, what can I say?

"Felix has a release clause of €120m, which we increased from €60m after two or three games, when we saw how good he was.

"If someone bids €120m for him, then we are dreaming that he will stay. 

"We are doing everything we can to ensure that he stays, however the only way to do that is to sell him and loan him back for a season."

Vieira's comments are likely to be seized upon by interested parties, with Premier League pair Manchester United and Chelsea also reported to be considering a bid for the teenager.

Football Italia website