REPORT: Joao Felix Move to Atletico Madrid ‘False’ Claim Benfica

Joao Felix
PORTO, PORTUGAL - JUNE 9: Joao Felix of Portugal and SL Benfica celebrates after winning the UEFA Nations League at the end of the UEFA Nations League Final match between Portugal and Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao on June 9, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

Benfica have responded to rumours that Joao Felix has agreed on a deal with Atletico Madrid by labelling them as ‘false’. Foreign reports had suggested he had finalised a transfer worth £100 million.

Benfica Label Joao Felix to Atletico as ‘False’

In Contrast to Foreign Reports

A number of reports from Spain and Portugal reported that a move to Atletico had been agreed; although, £100 million was the value being thrown around by the foreign media reports.

Felix has a release clause rumoured to be around €120 million. However, suggestions that the forward’s future is confirmed are far from the truth.

The Portuguese side released a statement following reports that Madrid had won the race for Felix’s signature.

Manchester United and Manchester City had both been hopeful of persuading the 19-year-old to England; however, the top-flight duo have had their hopes of signing the teenage star boosted with the news from Benfica.

The statement released by Benfica (via The Mirror) read: “In view of the set of news published in these last hours, Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Futebol, SAD clarifies that it is false that any negotiation process is currently underway regarding a possible transfer of player João Félix.

“More serious, and that deserves our most vehement repudiation and denial, is the false news that refers to negotiations that involve commissions of 30% and which, unfortunately, was echoed in Portugal by the newspaper A Bola, with intentions and goals that we do not know at all.

“We repeat: this information is totally false, absurd and has clearly intentional intentions for the reputation and dignity of Sport Lisboa e Benfica.”

Teenage sensation Felix scored 18 goals in 33 appearances for Benfica; in addition, the young Portugal international debuted for Madrid in August.

Felix, 19-years-old, ended his breakthrough season by making his debut for Portugal in their Nations League semi-final win over Switzerland.

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