Benfica want to increase exit clause
With his hat trick performance in the Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt, João Félix (Photo) made it clear once again why he is being branded as Portugal’s greatest talent. As “Marca” reports, agent Jorge Mendes already offered the 19-year-old Benfica professional to Europe’s elite clubs – from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, however, he is said to have received negative feedback.
The two Spanish clubs are not prepared to pay João Félix’s exit clause. His contract, which runs until 2023, has a 120 million euro exit clause. Having watched the youngster several times, Barça and Real are said to be interested in him – however, such a high detachment fee is too expensive for those responsible at the clubs, at least at this stage in time.
The efforts of Juventus to sign the youngster are said to be much more concrete. According to the Portuguese sports newspaper “O Jogo,” the Bianconeri failed with an initial offer of 75 million euros. It is understood that Mendes will meet with sporting director Fabio Paratici in the wake of the Champions League rematch between Juve and Ajax Amsterdam. The adviser and the Juve representatives already lead the way for Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus last summer. If you believe the tabloid “Tuttosport,” which can be trusted with caution, the Serie A leader is ready to hand in Paulo Dybala (25) to fund a transfer of the young offensive player.
Top teenage scorers
João Félix, who is also associated with Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, has contributed to 25 goals so far in his first professional season– worldwide, Andreas Skov Olsen (FC Nordsjaelland) and Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) are the only two teenagers more dangerous when in front of goal.
It is understood that Benfica wants to raise the exit clause of its top talent to 200 million euros.