Sky Sports are reporting that Pep Guardiola is keen to land the Benfica rising star, but only after City have completed Bruno Fernandes deal.
Joao Félix is on the ‘wanted’ list at a lot of the big clubs around Europe, after taking the Portuguese top flight and Europe by storm this season, with Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus all making moves to sign the 19-year old attacking midfielder from Benfica.
Manchester City want Joao Félix
Manchester City too have been heavily linked with the rising star who has scored 18 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions this season. And today Sky Sports reported that Pep Guardiola’s club are set to make a serious play for Félix, but only after they’ve tied up Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes. City are ready to pay between €58M and €70M for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder, with the clubs already in talks. Guardiola is said to want Fernandes to be the successor to Frenandinho, who is now 34 and in the final year of his contract.
Joao Félix meanwhile is seen as a long-term successor for David Silva, who is also in the final year of his contract. The versatile attacking midfielder has been playing mainly as a number 10 for Benfica.
Real Madrid and Juventus want Felix
If Manchester City do land Félix it would be a major coup, with Real Madrid and Juventus having recently been the favourites to woo him. Cristiano Ronaldo stepped into the fray back in April saying he would keen for his fellow countryman to join him in Turin.
Benfica for their part are doing everything they can to keep Félix, offering him a succulent new deal, with a 200 million euro buy-out clause.