Benfica have warned Chelsea they will raise the asking price for teenage sensation Joao Felix in the summer window.
The 19-year-old is considered one of the most exciting prospects in European football after bursting onto the scene this season, notching up eight goals and six assists in 15 league appearances, and his performances have linked him with a mega money move to the Premier league.
Chelsea have sent scouts to watch the talented midfielder on a number of occasions this season, with speculation the Blues were ready to splash close to £100 million in the next window to be the club that secures his signature, as they look to add some fresh talent to the Chelsea squad
But Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira has warned suitors that they’ll soon be outpriced in their bid to sign Felix, as his asking price will soon be raising.
‘I am happy that all of Europe is talking about Benfica’s talents,’ Vieira told Tuttosport.
‘Now it is clear that our project of betting on young players is bearing the desired results. Joao Felix the next Ronaldo? There is only one sure thing: Felix is one of the best talents produced by Portuguese footballer since Ronaldo. Juventus’ and Real Madrid’s interest in him? Ask them.
‘At this moment we are not interested in selling him and soon we will increase the release clause in his contract.
‘Joao has an incredible technique, he is fast and also very intelligent. He is a good person, he shows that he has important values that make me very proud.’
Here is what we think on the talented Felix.
The lad may be showing the world just how talented he is and what he could produce at the highest level, but leaving for a big club so early in his career may not mean that he develops into the world class star that many expect.
A move to the Premier League is the logical step, both physically and financially, but he is getting the game time at Benfica that he needs to develop and staying put for a couple more seasons would do him the world of good.
Chelsea will have the money in a few more seasons to complete a deal, so they will keep a very close eye and then make the move, as right now he is not ready to justify the £100 million price tag that Benfica have placed on his head.