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Benfica deny claims Atletico Madrid have Joao Felix transfer agreement

By CJ Smith

Published: 16:54, 17 June 2019

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.

Could Felix leave Benfica? Five things to know…

  1. Felix rose to prominence in 2018/19, sparking rumours of a move away from Benfica.
  2. Both Manchester clubs are reportedly interested in signing the teenage talent.
  3. Felix scored 19 goals last season and made his senior Portugal debut earlier this month.
  4. With Antoine Griezmann set to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, recent rumours have linked the club with Felix.
  5. 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.