Man City and Manchester United are both interested in Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix who has been labelled as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.
They, along with Chelsea and Liverpool, have reportedly assigned scouts to watch the teenager and is also on the radar of some of Europe’s top clubs.
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Benfica are understood to have slapped a staggering £105million price tag on the 19-year-old, which is sure to put a few potential suitors off.
Benfica definitely do not want to see another highly-rated youth prospect leave for another European league, like former starlet Renato Sanches.
Felix signed a new contract in November as rumours of some clubs watching him closely, and another one could soon be in the offing.
That new contract will keep the playmaker at the Portuguese club until 2023 and increased his buyout clause from £45million to £105million.
The Reds also reportedly had a £60million bid rejected, with Bayern Munich, Juventus, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund all scouting him heavily.
But it’s now United and City battling for his signature with the current Premier League champions bidding the £105million and the Red Devils ready to match it.
He possesses several of the same talents as Cristiano Ronaldo because of his pace, goalscoring ability and creativity.
Felix told Tuttosport: “All the best Portuguese players have gone to play in the most important foreign leagues, and of course I’d like to do that too.
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“I’d like to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo because he is simply the best. He’s an idol, a world icon, an example for everyone.”
This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago