Manchester City are unwilling to pay the needed £102.5million to prise Joao Felix away from Benfica this summer, according to The Telegraph.
Pep Guardiola’s side have the Premier League title in their hands, beating Leicester City 1-0 on Monday night, and a win at Brighton needed on the final day to secure top spot.
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City are still missing a Champions League crown, meaning more spending is likely this summer.
According to The Telegraph, a double deal is close, with Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri and Sporting playmaker Bruno Fernandes apparently heading to the Etihad Stadium for a combined £107million.
Rodri is considered as heir to Fernandinho and will cost £60million due to a release clause in his contract, whilst Fernandes will be arriving for a fee of about £47million.
Both players will shore up City's midfield, but one player not likely to arrive is Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix, with City reluctant to meet the £102.5million release clause in his deal.
The Portuguese youngster has netted 18 goals and 11 assists this season and his versatility across the front line could have been ideal for Guardiola.
Except City change their heart though, the 19-year-old won't be following Rodri and Fernandes to Manchester this summer.
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