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Real Madrid and Manchester City Closest to Joao Felix Signing

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The player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is expected to meet with both clubs this week

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Joao Felix is a special talent, and yet another “wonder-kid” tempting Madrid’s pocketbook. The Portuguese, in his first full season for Benfica, has been sensational scoring 20 goals and contributing 11 assists in 43 appearances. Operating mostly as a second striker in the #10 role, Joao can play multiple positions including: right wing, left wing, center attacking midfield, and as a pure striker. His style of play has been most closely linked to a young Kaka due to his close technique and ability to quickly accelerate while carrying the ball. The 19-year-old’s buyout clause is reported to be €120 million, which has not deterred any of Europe’s top clubs. All of Manchester United, City, Juventus, PSG, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and Real Madrid are interested in the player.

A report from Portuguese outlet, Correio da Manha, states that Jorge Mendes is set to have “decisive” meetings with both Manchester City and Real Madrid this week in regards to their offers. Manchester City is willing to pay the full buy-out clause and have offered Joao the largest salary of any offer with €6million per year. Meanwhile, Real Madrid have reportedly offered €80 million as a transfer fee with Joao spending another year at Benfica on loan. Manchester City is believed to have the pole position, but the decision will be left to the player.

Correio da Manha lead with their story on the Joao Felix transfer battle
Correio da Manha

A Bola, a different and notable Portuguese outlet, has suggested that the 19-year-old is off to Ibiza for vacation and holding off on any imminent decision. Alongside a picture of Joao Felix is a list of clubs all interested. Only Manchester City’s offer is noted, again listing the €6 million salary, confirming the numbers reported by Correio Da Manha.

A Bola spotted Joao Felix on his way to Ibiza— will a decision have to wait?
A Bola

There is no doubting the talent the young Portuguese posses, but if the player were to sign for Madrid, fans would likely see a greater exodus of the current talent than expected. The price tag is hefty and with €300 million already spent on Hazard, Jovic, Militao, Rodrygo, and the imminent arrival of Mendy, cash will need to be made available. Despite the new purchases, it does seem Madrid have concrete interest in the new Portuguese gem.