"Atletico Madrid has submitted a proposal for the acquisition of [Felix] for a total of 126,000,000 euros, which is currently being analyzed," Benfica said in a statement to the Portuguese Stock Exchange.
The offer is about Felix's clause on the release of 126 million euros. Atletico hopes to pay the fee in installments.
If conditions were agreed on, 19-year-old Felix would be the most expensive player in the history of Atletico. He would surpass the fee paid by French international Thomas Lemar to AS Monaco last season, and would be the second most expensive teenager in history to be the story behind the game after Kylian Mbappe.
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Joao Felix made a sensational breakthrough for Benfica, scoring 15 goals and scoring nine assists as the club won the Primeira League title. A hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League in April led to a big money transfer this summer, with Manchester United and Manchester City closely linked.
The smooth creative style of the player has seen him compared to Kaka and Rui Costa, but the former Portuguese star says this is not a fair reflection:
" You have already referred to him as my heir or the new Kaka To be honest, Felix is just Felix, he has an extraordinary understanding of the game and the rare ability to know where he is before the goal "
The reported charge would make Felix the most expensive contract of the summer, surpassing Real Madrid's € 100 million purchase of Chelsea's Eden Hazard.