Benfica have denied reports suggesting they are in negotiations to sell Joao Felix, insisting any side wishing to acquire the youngster must meet his €120m release clause.
A number of outlets have claimed the Portuguese champions have agreed on a £100m deal with Atletico Madrid for the sale of Felix, 19, while the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City have been heavily linked with his signature.
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- Felix rose to prominence in 2018/19, sparking rumours of a move away from Benfica.
- Both Manchester clubs are reportedly interested in signing the teenage talent.
- Felix scored 19 goals last season and made his senior Portugal debut earlier this month.
- With Antoine Griezmann set to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, recent rumours have linked the club with Felix.
- But Benfica have now publicly denied claims they have an agreement in place with Atleti over the transfer of Felix.
But Benfica have now released a statement on their official website denying these reports, maintaining any deal will only go through when a prospective buyer meets the €120m release clause.
The statement read: “In view of reports published in recent hours, Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Futebol, SAD clarifies that it is false that any negotiation process is currently underway regarding a possible transfer of João Félix.
“The conditions for negotiation are public and known, taking into account the termination clause to the amount of €120m. More serious, and that deserves our most vehement repudiation and denial, is the false news that refers to negotiations that involve commissions of 30% which was, unfortunately, echoed in Portugal by the newspaper “A Bola”, with intentions and goals that are unclear to us.
“We repeat: this information is totally false, absurd and has clear intentions against the reputation and dignity of Sport Lisboa e Benfica.”
A Bola claim the reported 30% commission – which would be paid to agent Jorge Mendes – was “advanced” by the Spanish TV show, Chiringuito de Jugones.