Young and vibrant Benfica attacking midfielder, Joao Felix who has been labelled ‘New Cristiano Ronaldo’ has been said to be tracked by top clubs in Europe including Real Madrid and Manchester United, source confirmed to ESPN FC.
Felix, 19, who made his debut in August, became the youngest player to score in a Lisbon derby with his late equaliser against Sporting in the very next game.
According to source, Real Madrid has been monitoring the player’s progress as well as other top clubs such as Manchester United, Barcelona, Athletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan, West Ham and Borussia Dortmund have sent their scouts to keep an eye on him.
It was also revealed that Felix whose release clause is set at €120 million, could be on the move next summer.
“I’m not scared by the numbers being mentioned, of the comparisons in the media, nor the interest of the biggest clubs on the planet,” Felix told Tuttosport last weekend. “I’m flattered.
“I’m a professional and very lucky to be well advised. My father was a PE teacher, who was an athletics coach and knows our world very well. Then I have the best agent in the world in Jorge Mendes. I am attracted by the big leagues like the Spanish, English, Italian and French. All the best Portuguese players went to play in the most important foreign leagues and, of course, I would like to do it, too.”
He added: “I would like to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo because he is simply the greatest. An idol, a world icon, an example for everyone.
“Playing with a monster like him would allow me to improve even more.”