120 million euro exit clause
“Only with an offer of 60 million euros or more for João Félix will Benfica even consider a transfer,” said Marcel de Almeida, Transfermarkt Area Manager Portugal. The youngest player to score a hat trick in Europa League history does not seem the most frightening, with his slight figure and braces, but on the pitch Benfica’s greatest talent in recent times has taught opponents to fear.
With his grand performance in the 4:2 win against Eintracht Frankfurt in the quarter-finals, the 19-year-old proved his class on a big stage before the eyes of numerous scouts, further arousing desires among Europe’s elite clubs.
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With his recent goals and assist against the SGE, the attacker added to his yield, in his first professional season, to 22 goal contributions in 36 games. Worldwide, only three teenagers from first division clubs have been involved in more goals than João Félix (Photo): Jadon Sancho for BVB, Kai Havertz for Bayer Leverkusen, and Andreas Skov Olsen from the Norwegian 1st division.
“Portuguese Football can be proud to have such a great talent of the century again. He’s dangerous, effective and game intelligent,” Eintracht coach Adi Hütter praised the man of the evening after the match. “He’s not just a goal scorer, he’s also a provider. If he keeps playing like that, he won’t stay with Benfica for long,” said the coach.
Portugal expert de Almeida says, “It is quite possible that a European heavyweight will buy him in the summer and let him mature another season on loan at Benfica.” Bayern Munich were also linked with João Félix at the end of January. His contract includes a € 120m exit clause and is valid until 2023.
The career of the exciting Portuguese attacker got off to a sluggish start in his younger years. At FC Porto he was cut in 2015 because the 1.80-metre-tall talent was not trusted with the great leap from youth to the pros. In addition to the Bavarians and FC Barcelona, João Félix has been denied to other clubs: FC Liverpool are said to have failed with a first offer.