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Joao Félix: Atlético slap €350m clause on "next Cristiano"

Joao Félix: Atlético slap €350m clause on "next Cristiano"

PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA

AFP

The Portugal star, who is expected to join Atlético next week for €120 million, will not be easily wrested from the grasp of Diego Simeone.

Joao Félix will become the most expensive signing in Atlético Madrid’s history when the 19-year-old Portugal star joins the Liga club next week as expected, and the Metropolitano board are planning on making very sure he remains in the Spanish capital for a long time by placing a €350 million release clause into his contract.

In order to land the exciting young talent, who has drawn inevitable comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldoand not entirely without foundationAtlético have agreed to pay Benfica the full amount of his existing clause, which stands at €120m. That figure is a full €50m more than the club’s current record arrival, Thomas Lemar, and the clause Atlético intend to use as a deterrent is the highest the club has ever employed.

Griezmann waiting for July 1

Until the arrival of Félix, who is currently on holiday but expected in Madrid sometime next week, Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann had the highest clauses in club history at €200m each. The Frenchman’s will famously drop to €120m on July 1, a sweetener in the deal that saw the striker remain at Atlético last summer after a lengthy flirtation with Barcelona, sparking an anticipated scramble for his services involving PSG, Barça – despite their claims to the contrary – Manchester United and possibly Bayern Munich.